Thomas pays $20,000 to­ward debt set­tle­ment

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

For­mer D.C. Coun­cil mem­ber Harry Thomas Jr. came up with $20,000 this week to chip away at the $300,000 sum he agreed to pay back to the Dis­trict for steal­ing public funds from 2007 to 2009, the D.C. Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral said Thurs­day.

Mr. Thomas’ pay­ment Wed­nes­day par­tially sat­is­fied the $50,000 in­stall­ment that had been due on Dec. 31. So far, he has paid $70,000 un­der the set­tle­ment he en­tered with the city.

D.C. At­tor­ney Irin B. Nathan filed suit against Mr. Thomas in June for us­ing the D.C. Chil­dren & Youth In­vest­ment Trust Corp. and other non­prof­its to siphon off city funds that were ear­marked for youth sports pro­grams. Un­der the set­tle­ment, Mr. Thomas is sup­posed to pay the full $300,000 in six in­stall­ments of $50,000, plus 4 per­cent in­ter­est per year on late pay­ments.

Mr. Thomas re­signed his Ward 5 seat on the coun­cil in Jan­uary, one day be­fore he pleaded guilty in U.S. Dis­trict Court to theft and fil­ing false tax re­turns. He faces more than three years in prison at his May 3 sen­tenc­ing.

The city has sched­uled a spe­cial elec­tion for May 15 to re­place him on the coun­cil.

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