The former campaign treasurer for disgraced former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown plead guilty Thursday to evading income taxes and campaign finance violations for directing political contributions to his own bank account.
Hakim J. Sutton, 33, of the District faces a likely term of 10 to 16 months in prison and a fine of as much as $30,000 for federal income tax evasion, plus prison time and restitution for filing a false or misleading campaign finance report.
Prosecutors had alleged that Sutton wrote 36 checks valued at more than $115,000 payable to himself from a campaign account while treasurer of Brown’s reelection bid in 2012.
The theft, which Brown announced before the election, siphoned off a significant amount of Brown’s campaign cash and was viewed as contributing to his defeat.
Brown, who was also under federal investigation at the time, was sentenced in May to more than three years in federal prison for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes, including $100 bills stuffed into a duffel bag, and a wad of cash inside a Redskins coffee mug.
According to the statement that U.S. prosecutors said Sutton signed, some but not all of the money Sutton diverted was compensation for his work on the campaign. Sutton also did not file tax returns for 2011 and 2012. He owes $17,180 in federal income taxes for those years, along with an additional $1,051 in interest.
Sutton is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 4.