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.