A former D.C. advisory neighborhood commissioner used his official debit card to steal nearly $30,000 in District funds, federal prosecutors alleged.

William C. Shelton, a former commissioner in Ward 5, was charged Wednesday with access device fraud in the District’s federal court.

The charges came in a criminal information, a type of document that can only be filed with the defendant’s consent. It generally signals that a plea deal is near.

Prosecutors said that Shelton, 42, stole $28,526.21 over a year-long span that ended in August 2011. He was formerly chairman of ANC 5B.

No hearing date has been set.

In December, the D.C. Attorney General announced it had reached a settlement with Shelton to repay the money. The theft was discovered during an audit of the neighborhood commission’s funds.

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are elected boards that weigh in on local issues affecting traffic, parking and recreation, among other matters.

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