Harry Thomas, Jr. Sentenced to 38 Months in Federal Prison
The former Council member stole some $350,000 in city funds meant to benefit a children's non-profit.
Former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas, Jr. was sentenced to 38 months in federal prison for stealing $350,000 in District funds that were allocated for a youth sports program. Thomas resigned from the District Council and pled guilty in January.
Thomas lied about the income on his tax returns, though he used the monies to purchase an Audi SUV, golfing vacations and more. Federal agents raided Thomas' Ward 5 home in December.
“Harry Thomas, Jr. was driven by greed to steal from the very children he claimed to champion,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen in a prepared statement.
U.S. District Judge John D. Bates could have used federal sentencing guidelines that recommend a sentence between 41 and 51 months, according to the Washington Post. The Post reports that prosecutors suggested 46 months and the defense argued for a reduced 18-month sentence.
"The sentence imposed on former Councilmember Thomas sends a strong message to those who would abuse the power of their District government positions to enrich themselves at the expense of the public: There will be serious consequences for such unlawful actions," said D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan in a prepared statement.