Treasurer Charged With Stealing From D.C. Campaign
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — The campaign treasurer for a former D.C. councilmember has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $100,000 from a campaign account in that latest development in the federal investigation of corruption in city politics.
A 14-count indictment against Hakim Sutton was unsealed Wednesday, charging him with theft, wire fraud, tax evasion and filing false campaign finance reports. Sutton was the treasurer for Michael Brown, who lost his re-election bid in 2012 after announcing that most of his campaign funds had been stolen.
Brown was later convicted of bribery and is cooperating with federal prosecutors in a probe of corruption in District of Columbia politics.
According to the indictment, Sutton wrote 36 checks to himself totaling $115,250 from Brown’s campaign account and spent it on trips to Greece, Las Vegas and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as on shopping sprees at Gucci, Crate & Barrel, Armani Exchange and on limousine services.
Read: Hakim Sutton Indictment
Sutton denied any wrongdoing when the allegations of missing money first surfaced, saying Brown had directed Sutton to pay himself under the table. Brown has denied any wrongdoing in the matter.
Earlier this week, Jeffery Thompson told prosecutors he funneled tens of thousands of dollars of illegal contributions to Brown’s campaigns over the years and paid Brown $200,000 to drop out of the 2006 mayoral race.
Attorney J. Wyndal Gordon, who had been representing Sutton, says he hasn’t been able to reach him to discuss the charges.
“I haven’t spoken to him in a week and a half,” Gordon told WNEW senior correspondent Mark Segraves. “I still don’t believe he stole any money.”
Court documents reveal Sutton refused to turn himself in and federal investigators say they have not been able to locate him. Law enforcement sources tell WNEW that Sutton “skipped out” on his lease at his last known address.
WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow Mark on Twitter.
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