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Second Gray campaign operative charged

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A second campaign operative working for Mayor Vincent C. Gray was charged Wednesday with one count of making a false statement to FBI agents who were investigating whether the mayor's campaign provided cash to another mayoral candidate.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday state that Howard Brooks lied to FBI agents when he told them on April 6, 2011, that he did not personally give money to "Candidate B," now know to be minor mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown.

The filing of the criminal information, which often signals a plea agreement is in the works, comes a day after Mr. Gray's assistant campaign treasurer pleaded guilty to charges related to the donation of money to Mr. Brown's campaign and the destruction of evidence to cover up the transactions.

Thomas W. Gore, who handled "day-to-day finances" for Mr. Gray's campaign, admitted in federal court that he helped another campaign staffer make donations totaling $660 to Mr. Brown's campaign — using the names of people who did not make the donations — before destroying a notebook that outlined the payments.

Mr. Brooks has kept a low profile during the federal probe and declined to testify in front of a D.C. Council panel investigating the issue, citing his Fifth Amendment rights. A WUSA-TV (Channel 9) report in October said Mr. Brooks was cooperating with authorities and wore a wire to record conversations for prosecutors.

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