WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown says multiple law-enforcement authorities are investigating the past practices of the nonprofit allegedly involved in the probe that led to the resignation of Harry Thomas Jr.
In the letter obtained by The Washington Post, Brown asks colleagues to refrain from making inquiries into past transactions by the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, which authorities claim had funds steered its way by Thomas . The group is said to have then paid most of the grant money to an organization under Thomas’ control.
According to the Washington Post lawmakers asked D.C. Auditor Yolanda Branche to also investigate the D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan as well. Her audit was delayed by the federal probe and other agencies might be invested.
Brown’s letter asks that council members refrain from asking questions about specific transactions until May, 1. Thomas is to be sentenced May 3.
Earlier this month, Thomas pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 in government funds earmarked for youth programs.
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