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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Miracle Hands
A federal judge this week tossed a defamation lawsuit by reformed gangster Cornell Jones, whom the D.C. attorney general has accused of misappropriating more than $300,000 from the city's HIV/AIDS program for renovations on a proposed job-training center that instead was used to open a strip club.
The director of a nonprofit group accused of misappropriating more than $300,000 from the District's HIV/AIDS program to renovate a strip club used derogatory and homophobic terms on his radio program to describe two openly gay members of the D.C. Council, saying efforts to hold him accountable were part of a racist agenda.
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D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan filed a false claims complaint Tuesday against the nonprofit group Miracle Hands and its director, reformed gangster Cornell Jones, charging them with misappropriating more than $300,000 from the city's HIV/AIDS program for renovations on a proposed job training center in Northeast that instead was used to open a high-end strip club.
A prominent local developer and political donor who co-owns a strip club facing Ward 5 resident opposition is the second-highest contributor to D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr.'s questionable nonprofit that is now under federal investigation, according to court documents filed this week.
A controversial strip club in Northeast Washington is operating with a liquor license reserved in 2007 for a blighted warehouse property owned by a convicted drug kingpin who at the time was receiving city funds to renovate the site as a job-training center for ex-offenders, records show.