D.C. Councilman Accused of Stealing Public Funds for Youth Programs

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Reportedly Harry Thomas Jr., a D.C. Council member, is paying a $300,000 settlement with the city to lay to rest accusations that he used public money for youth programs to purchase luxury vehicles and fund expensive trips. Just because Thomas opted to settle, however, it does not mean that he will be exempt from potential criminal charges. In addition, he agreed not to lead any charity organizations for at least five years.

For Irvin B. Nathan, D.C.’s new attorney general, calling Thomas on his alleged sin is a significant success early in his position. Prior to acquiring his current job, he was the chief counsel of the House of Representatives. He says that he plans on actively pursuing anyone who dares to instigate corruption in city hall. Specifically he states, “Our unrelenting persistence in bringing and prosecuting this action demonstrates our commitment to pursue anyone, no matter his or her station or influence, who would deprive the city of its precious resources.”

In response to all of the controversy, Thomas claims that he settled the lawsuit because it was “in the best interest of the city.” He added, “I have used my role as a council member to tend to the needs and interests of those who I have the privilege to serve…These actions are being taken to ensure that the trust the public has placed in me is maintained and honored.” However, speculators are saying that the settlement will cause people to push for his resignation.

Ayvaunn Penn is the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.

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