Howard Brooks, a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, faces sentencing Wednesday for lying to the FBI about under-the-table payments to Sulaimon Brown, a minor candidate in the 2010 mayor's race.
Brooks pleaded guilty to working with another Gray campaign official to provide Brown with money so that the long-shot candidate would stay in the race and verbally attack then-mayor Adrian Fenty.
The scheme involved converting undocumented campaign funds into fraudulent money orders for Brown, who also claims he was promised a job by the Gray campaign.
While Brooks could face up to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, last month prosecutors said they would not oppose a sentence of probation for Brooks because he provided, "significant assistance" to investigators.
Mayor Gray, whose 2010 campaign remains under federal investigation, has long denied knowledge of any payments to Brown.