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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Che Brown
The U.S. Attorney's Office says it has concluded its criminal investigation of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's 2008 campaign.
Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown softly uttered the word "guilty" in separate courthouses Friday and tearfully apologized to the District for committing bank fraud and authorizing unlawful campaign payments — admissions that contrasted with his defiant reminder that he never stole public funds.
Federal prosecutors accused former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown on Thursday of violating the city's campaign finance laws by allowing a relative to set up a "side account" for his 2008 re-election campaign as an at-large member of the council.
D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown resigned Wednesday after federal prosecutors accused him of lying on a loan application — a historic blow to a city government that has suffered unprecedented legal woes and eroded the public's trust.
The District's Office of Campaign Finance on Friday filed a complaint against D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's 2008 re-election campaign with the city's Board of Elections and Ethics, upholding violations outlined in an audit released in April.
Funds from the 2008 Kwame Brown campaign have been accounted for, but the D.C. Council chairman could face fines because of filing irregularities in his finance report, according to a source involved in an audit expected to be released Tuesday by the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance (OCF).
The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance recommended Tuesday that the agency's general counsel take "whatever action deemed appropriate" against D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's 2008 re-election committee after an audit uncovered substantial financial-reporting inconsistencies.
"The facts are the government has not charged me [with]misspending, stealing or improperly using campaign funds," he said, adding later, "I have not stolen or even improperly used any public money."