Wrongdoing by Ivanhoe Donaldson detailed in court documents yesterday includes the following:
*A check for $1,800 from a special account of the District Department of Employment Services was written Aug. 11, 1981, to Judy Richardson, a friend of Donaldson's who said she was unaware of the check. Sandra Hill, another department employe, told investigators that Donaldson handed her the check -- endorsed with Richardson's name -- and asked her to cash it. She deposited it in her personal bank account and later gave him $1,100, keeping $700 he owed her from a previous loan.
*A $6,200 check was issued Sept. 17, 1981, against a special administrative fund to Charles Cobb, a close friend of Donaldson's. Cobb said that four days later, Donaldson asked to meet him at a downtown bank. Cobb deposited the check and later gave Donaldson $5,600, keeping the balance to defray income tax expenses, he told investigators.
*Another check was made out to Cobb, this one issued in October 1981 for $4,500. Cobb told investigators that his endorsement on the back of the check was forged. Sandra Hill said Donaldson asked her to cash the check, and she gave Donaldson $4,500 in two installments, according to court documents. She said Donaldson had explained that he would be giving Cobb the money; Cobb said he never received any of the funds.
*A $1,645 check from the special administrative account was issued Nov. 25, 1981, to the American Service Center, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Arlington. The service director for the dealership said the check covered a tuneup, exhaust work and other repairs on Donaldson's Mercedes. Donaldson eventually reimbursed the city.
*$6,500 check was issued from the special fund on Dec. 18, 1981, to Linette Hardie, Donaldson's aunt. Hardie, who was unemployed and living in New York City, said Donaldson had asked her to conduct a covert study of the unemployment system in New York and agreed to pay her $100 a day.
She said she stood in unemployment lines and followed women into restrooms to conduct interviews and overhear complaints about the long lines and difficulty in getting jobs. She would write down notes in the bathroom on pieces of paper. She told the grand jury she never produced a report because she did not want to spend the money to have her 18-page handwritten report typed, a report that she said she later threw away.
*On Sept. 30, 1982, Donaldson, who was campaign manager for Mayor Marion Barry's relection campaign, asked Penn/Schoen Associates, a New York City polling firm, to perform a post-election telephone survey of attitudes about city services, City Council members and the mayor. The poll cost $26,000 and was paid for by a check from Employment Services' special fund. Comptroller James George said Donaldson directed him to issue the check, even though Donaldson did not work for the city at the time.
In November, Donaldson's First City Corp., which had a contract with Barry's transition committee, was paid $36,000 for the now-completed poll. On Dec. 21, the check was written by hand, avoiding a two-week delay. Federal investigators said the $36,000 went to pay personal debts of Donaldson.
*On July 11, 1983, Donaldson called Richardson at her home in New York City and said he was sending her an $18,000 check. He asked her to send the money back to him in three checks drawn on her personal account.
On July 15, Donaldson called Marion (Duke) Greene, president of International Business Services, which had a $790,000 contract to install a computerized unemployment insurance system with the Department of Employment Services. He asked Greene to pay $18,000 to Richardson, who he said was a city "consultant," and he told Green to charge the city an additional $20,000 on its existing accounts as reimbursement. The $18,000 from Richardson went to pay personal expenses of Donaldson, investigators said.
*Following a lunch including Donaldson and Givens at Mel Krupin's restaurant in late January or early February 1984, Donaldson -- who by this time had left city government and was at E.F. Hutton -- falsely told Givens that Donaldson needed to pay several Jesse Jackson campaign workers and asked Givens to get a $65,000 "light," or scam, contract from the Department of Employment Services.
Givens received a $65,000 contract and was paid $32,500 on Feb. 23, 1984, and the rest on April 11. On Donaldson's instruction, he gave Donaldson seven checks totaling $52,000, which investigators said were eventually deposited in Donaldson's bank account and used to pay personal debts.