D.C. set­tle­ment aids contractor char­i­ties

Ques­tions raised about ties

The Washington Times Daily - - Front Page - BY JIM MCELHATTON

More than a quar­ter-mil­lion dol­lars from a le­gal set­tle­ment be­tween D.C. contractor and pro­lific po­lit­i­cal fundraiser Jef­frey E. Thompson and the D.C. gov­ern­ment went to a fa­vorite char­ity of Mr. Thompson’s that also is a prom­i­nent client of his ac­count­ing firm, records show.

The money paid out to the D.c.-based Na­tional Coun­cil of Ne­gro Women Inc. stems from an agree­ment dis­closed in reg­u­la­tory fil­ings by Mr. Thompson’s in­sur­ance plan, D.C. Char­tered Health Plan, which is the city’s big­gest Med­i­caid contractor. The health plan’s par­ent com­pany, owned by Mr. Thompson, agreed in 2008 to pay $13.3 mil­lion to re­solve a dis­pute with the Dis­trict over billing prac­tices.

The fil­ings show that in ad­di­tion to the set­tle­ment deal, Mr. Thompson, his health plan and its par­ent com­pany en­tered

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