D.C. city council member Harry Thomas Jr. has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns.
D.C. Council Member Harry Thomas Jr. has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 in public funds and filing a false tax return. A plea hearing has been scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Friday. Two felony counts were detailed in a criminal information filed at U.S. District court -- a move that typically indicates a defendant is going to plead guilty.
Thomas is accused of stealing money that had been earmarked for youth sports programs -- an earlier civil lawsuit filed against Thomas by the city's attorney general accused the council member of spending the money on lavish golf trips and a luxury SUV.
Meanwhile pressure is mounting on Thomas to resign from the council. Mayor Vincent Gray joined a growing list of city leaders calling for Thomas to step down. In a statement, Gray said, "While everyone is presumed innocent until proven otherwise, those who violate the public's trust must be accountable for their actions."
The current law states that a council member must leave office if he or she is incarcerated -- not just convicted of a felony. Council chairman Kwame Brown, while not calling for Thomas to resign, says he expects the Ward 5 member will step down.Harry Thomas Jr. Criminal Information