- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A woman connected to former council member Harry Thomas Jr.’s scheme to steal $350,000 in public funds from the city has been charged with filing a false tax return in 2010, according to federal court records.

Danita Doleman, a 46-year-old D.C. resident, is accused of failing to report $20,000 in additional income during calendar year 2009 from the Youth Technology Institute, a nonprofit that she controlled. The charges were filed Wednesday in a criminal information, which typically means that a plea deal is imminent.

The papers are signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Haray, who handled the government’s case against Thomas. He also handled the cases of Marshall Banks and James Garvin, who served as principals at a golf-affiliated nonprofit in Ward 5 that Thomas used as a pass-through to funnel money from the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corp. to his own pockets.

Thomas received a 38-month prison term at his sentencing last week.

Ms. Doleman and her nonprofit were linked to the Thomas investigation in court papers under the code names of Individual #4 and Organization #3, the Washington City Paper first reported in January.

In court papers, the institute is accused of kicking back $5,000 to Thomas from a $10,000 grant it received from the trust and directing $100,000 in drug prevention funds to the D.C. Young Democrats — Thomas‘ for-profit company ultimately received $7,500 — to cover the costs of an inaugural ball at the John A. Wilson Building.

Ms. Doleman’s federal public defender, Michelle M. Peterson, said in a statement that her client has “accepted full responsibility for her own conduct and has already filed an amended return reflecting the additional $4000 in taxes she owes.

“Unfortunately,Ms. Doleman and her non-profit, Youth Tech, were used by former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. and others who illegally used taxpayer’s funds to enrich themselves.”

She said the experience “has caused tremendous pain and embarrassment for Ms. Doleman.”

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