Thomas pays $20,000 toward debt settlement
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.