Millicent West, former Homeland Security director for the Washington, D.C., has pleaded guilty to a tax fraud. West wept as she entered a guilty plea Friday in U.S. District Court. She's likely to receive between 6 months and a year in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.
West acknowledged that she helped former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. use $110,000 in grant money intended for youth programs to pay for an inaugural ball. She later misrepresented how those funds were used on tax documents.
At the time, West was the head of a nonprofit that serves at-risk youth. She later headed the District's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
Thomas admitted using the nonprofit to steal money from the city, and is serving a 3.5-year prison term.