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Judge And Harry Thomas Jr. Lawyers Come To Decision On Repayment

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Former Washington, D.C. City Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. leaves federal court in Washington, Thursday, May 3, 2012, after being sentenced to three years and two months in prison for stealing more than $350,000 in government funds.
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Former Washington, D.C. City Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. leaves federal court in Washington, Thursday, May 3, 2012, after being sentenced to three years and two months in prison for stealing more than $350,000 in government funds.

Former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. will have to repay the city $353,500. A federal court judge specified the amount in an opinion Thursday. The judge said that because lawyers for the government and Thomas agreed to $353,500, that was the amount he should owe.

The judge decided not to require Thomas to repay another $90,000 that was diverted at Thomas' direction from a city drug program to pay for a 2009 inaugural ball.

Thomas resigned his council seat after charges were filed. He was sentenced in May to serve more than three years in prison.

D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan said in a statement that he regretted Thomas was not ordered to pay more, but was pleased Thomas will have to provide "substantial restitution."

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