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The developments in U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.’s high-profile investigations are the start of what promises to be a busy fall for the trio of serious, yet separate, scandals that have plagued city politicians over the past two years.

Former council member Harry Thomas Jr., Ward 5 Democrat, is serving a three-year term at a federal prison in Alabama after pleading guilty in January to stealing more than $350,000 in public funds intended for D.C. youth sports programs. His resignation and plea arrived several months before Brown admitted his crimes and the investigation in the Gray campaign ramped up with the revelation that a city contractor injected at least $650,000 in undocumented funds into get-out-the-vote efforts.

Sulaimon Brown publicly accused Brooks and other members of the mayor’s campaign of the scheme in early 2011 after he was fired from a $110,000-per-year job at the D.C. Department of Healthcare Finance, kicking off a long-running probe into the Gray campaign that has secured guilty pleas from three people so far.