Economic development duties are now shared by Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown in his Committee of the Whole and council member Vincent Orange, at-large Democrat, who chairs the newly formed Committee on Small and Local Business Development.
Mr. Thomas is serving his second term representing Ward 5. His late father, Harry Thomas Sr., represented the ward for three terms.
Mr. Thomas had been under scrutiny largely over Team Thomas, a nonprofit he co-founded in 2000. The organization purportedly ran children´s sports programs until it was dissolved last December.
The attorney general’s office said more than $300,000 in grant funds went to Langston 21st Century Foundation, a purported youth sports and education nonprofit, which is suspected of secretly giving most of the funds to Mr. Thomas through his nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Official documents identify the foundation principles as James Garvin and Marshall Banks.
Mr. Nathan’s office previously settled with principals of the Langston foundation for $86,000.
The attorney general also alleged Mr. Thomas solicited more than $80,000 from private donors on behalf of Team Thomas, which was never registered in the city to do so, and used a Team Thomas debit card to spend more than $20,000 on personal travel and entertainment use — including $1,185 and $1,073 for respective golf trips to Las Vegas and Pebble Beach, Calif.
The complaint said Mr. Thomas wrote thousands of dollars in checks from the nonprofit´s bank account to himself, his for-profit company, HLT Development, or to “cash” and using $58,000 in funds to buy an Audi Quattro sport utility vehicle, which is registered in his name.