- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 29, 2014

Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown was sentenced Thursday to 39 months in prison for accepting cash bribes while in office.

Brown admitted to accepting $55,000 in bribes, money that was stuffed in duffle bags and a Washington Redskins coffee mug, from undercover federal agents posing as businessmen who wanted Brown’s help with obtaining certain certifications for a business.

Brown also admitted to accepting more than $120,000 in illegal campaign donations from businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, who has since pleaded guilty to his role in a widespread corruption scheme.

Prosecutors in court records called Brown’s ultimate acceptance of the bribes in 2012 and 2013 “the culmination of a form of ‘crime creep,’” describing how early on he accepted money from Thompson to drop out of the 2006 mayoral race and endorse another candidate.

Brown was not charged with the campaign finance violations and only pleaded guilty to the felony bribery charge.

Prosecutors had sought a 43-month sentence for Brown.

In addition to prison term, Brown will also serve two years on supervised probation and was required to perform 200 hours of community service.

He is the third D.C. Council member in three years to be found guilty of federal crimes committed while in office.



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