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The Audi SUV outside the D.C. Council building that the attorney general says Council member Harry Thomas Jr. paid for with money that was earmarked for youth baseball programs.
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The Audi SUV outside the D.C. Council building that the attorney general says Council member Harry Thomas Jr. paid for with money that was earmarked for youth baseball programs.

Attorney General Irv Nathan's civil lawsuit seeks to recover the funds, which the lawsuit claims was part of a $400,000 earmark that was intended to help youth baseball programs in the city but instead was diverted to corporations under Thomas' control. The lawsuit says Thomas used some of the money to buy a $60,000 SUV and pay for golf trips to Las Vegas and Pebble Beach.

Thomas, in a press conference with his lawyer, says he has no plans to settle with the city and will fight the lawsuit, and he added that he will neither resign nor step down from committee chair position, as head of economic development.

The suit also alleges Thomas, through a nonprofit, raised more than $80,000 from outside corporations and individuals, despite the fact this nonprofit was not licensed to receive charitable donations.

The attorney general says he has referred the findings to the U.S. Attorneys' Office.

Former Attorney General Peter Nickles launched the investigation into Thomas' nonprofit in October.

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