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Harry Thomas Jr. Charged With Theft, False Tax Return

Plea hearing set for 11:15 a.m. Friday

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Harry Thomas Jr. at a D.C. Council meeting on ethics reform Dec. 6.
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Harry Thomas Jr. at a D.C. Council meeting on ethics reform Dec. 6.

Update, Jan 5, 12:30 p.m.: D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns, according to the Associated Press.

The two felony counts against Thomas are detailed in a criminal information filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday. A criminal information is a document that typically indicates a defendant intends to plead guilty.

Although the document does not detail what Thomas did with the stolen funds, he had been previously accused of spending them on a luxury SUV, travel and rounds of golf.

The tax return charge accuses him of failing to report $356,000 in income between 2007 and 2009.

Thomas was also ordered to forfeit an SUV and a motorcycle that were seized last month by federal agents who raided his home.

Original Story: Embattled D.C. Council Member Harry Thomas Junior may be stepping down as part of a plea deal, according to media reports.

Several news outlets are reporting that Thomas will resign over the investigation into allegations that he diverted $300,000 for personal use. A source told WAMU this morning that the council member and his lawyers are still in discussions with federal prosecutors over a possible plea deal. The source says as part of the deal, Thomas would resign and could face up to three years in jail.

Thomas has been under investigation for months for allegedly using the public funds for his own gain, including for golf trips and a luxury car. He later agreed to the pay back $300,000 to the city, but the council member missed the second payment -- for $50,000 -- yesterday.

 Last month, sources said that the council was considering asking Thomas to take a leave of absence, but Council Chairman Kwame Brown hasn't said anything else on the matter. Thomas's Northeast D.C. home was raided by federal officials Dec. 2 and many items, including an SUV and a motorcycle, were confiscated. 

Thomas missed roll call this morning at the first legislative session of the year.

Harry Thomas Jr. Criminal Information

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