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No one immediately confiscated Mr. Shelton’s key to the ANC’s office, allowing him access to records that could have detailed any financial improprieties going back years. The records obtained by The Times included checks made out to Mr. Shelton preceding the period of theft covered by the charges.

The ANC will forfeit its 2011 allocation of taxpayer money because it did not provide financial information to the city on time, according to the D.C. auditor. But in December, D.C. officials voted to give the ANC $15,000 from an insurance fund to replace the stolen money.