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Former ANC chairman agrees to repay ‘misappropriated’ funds

Nathan has settled his second case against a Ward 5 politico. (By Bill O'Leary/THE WASHINGTON POST)

William C. Shelton was a member of ANC 5B when he used a bank card to draw $28,878 from the commission’s checking account without authorization, D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said Thursday. The money, Nathan’s office determined, was “misappropriated and/or wrongfully obtained.” A D.C. auditor report found that some payments went to vendors including Bloomingdale’s, Target and Lexus.

WUSA-TV reported in June that Shelton used the money to make payments on his Lexus. Shelton did not immediately return a phone call for comment Thursday afternoon.

The accusations mirror those against Ward 5’s D.C. Council member, Harry Thomas Jr., albeit on a smaller scale. Nathan accused Thomas this year of misappropriating more than 10 times that amount in city funds; Thomas also settled with Nathan. Thomas is under criminal investigation; it is unclear whether Nathan has referred the Shelton case to prosecutors.

Under the agreement, Shelton will pay an initial installment of $5,000, then $200 a month. Should he not pay on time, he will be subject to triple damages, Nathan said.

Shelton resigned from the ANC in late August.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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