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D.C. Council member Harry Thomas agrees to pay city $300,000 to settle lawsuit

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. agreed Friday to repay the District $300,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging he diverted city funds meant to help youths for personal uses, including vacations and an Audi SUV.

The agreement was filed in D.C. Superior Court and included an immediate $50,000 payment. The remainder of the $300,000 will be paid in installments through December 2013, according to a news release from the office of Attorney General Irvin Nathan.

Under the agreement, Thomas (D-Ward 5) will also be prohibited from “directing, controlling, or participating in the solicitation of charitable contributions in the District, with the exception of his so-called Constituent Fund” for five years.

HLT Team Thomas/Swingaway, LLC, Thomas’ for-profit company, must also donate $50,000 worth of sporting goods and equipment to the Satchel Paige/Senators Little League, described by Nathan as a D.C. affiliate of the congressionally chartered national organization for Little League Baseball.

Other equipment will go to the city.


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