- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors have ended their investigation of former Washington mayor Vincent Gray after nearly five years.

The long-running probe exposed an illegal slush fund that helped Gray get elected in 2010. Six people who were involved in the campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies. But prosecutors were never able to establish that Gray committed a crime or knowingly conspired with his advisers.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to continue.

The investigation started shortly after Gray took office in 2011 and came to define his only term. It was a major factor in his loss to current Mayor Muriel Bowser in last year’s Democratic primary. Prosecutors said in court three weeks before the primary that Gray knew about the illicit funds.

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