Harry Thomas’s accomplices sentenced to probation

March 21, 2013

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced two accomplices of former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. to three months of probation. Marshall Banks, a former Howard University law professor, and James Garvin, the former golf pro at Langston Golf Course, must also jointly pay more than $392,000 in restitution with Thomas.

Banks and Garvin pleaded guilty last January to failing to report and concealing Thomas’s theft of city funds. The two men had worked together with the Langston 21st Century Foundation, which Thomas used to funnel taxpayer money for his personal use.

“It’s a crime to stand by silently and help conceal corruption by a public official,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Haray.

Under sentencing guidelines, Banks and Garvin faced up to six months in prison. But prosecutors asked for probation for the pair because of their long history of positive contributions to the community.

“They have engaged in serious criminal activity, but that does not diminish the work they’ve done in the community,” U.S. District Judge John D. Bates said during the sentencing hearing.

In May, Thomas was sentenced to 38 months in prison for theft from federal programs and filing false tax returns.

Ann covers legal affairs in the District and Maryland for the Washington Post. Ann previously covered state government and politics in California, New Hampshire and Maryland. She joined the Post in 2005.
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