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Fenty cleared in parks contracts investigation

An outside investigator has concluded there was "no wrongdoing" by former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty related to the issuance of parks and recreation contracts during his term.

The report, authorized by the D.C. Council and conducted by the law firm of Trout Cacheris, was released Monday after a yearlong investigation.

Last year, allegations that Fenty steered contracts to friends and fraternity brothers became a key issue in his unsuccessful bid for reelection. But the Trout report essentially clears Fenty of doing anything illegal.
The report recommends that the U.S. Attorney's office follow up with further investigation of Omar Karim and Sinclair Skinner, the contractors on the projects. The report alleges Skinner and Karim overcharged the city. It also alleges that Skinner's firm, Liberty Engineering, was not qualified to do the work.

Tim Craig is The Post’s bureau chief in Pakistan. He has also covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and within the District of Columbia government.


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