Embattled City Council member Harry Thomas Jr. is poised to resign from office and plead guilty to at least one felony charge, according to reports.
Since late 2010 Thomas, 51, has been the target of a probe surrounding use of public funds that were designagted for his youth sports non-profit group, Team Thomas.
The organzation had come under scrutiny by federal authorities as well as the D.C. attorney general, who alleged that the second-term council member diverted $300,000 in D.C. funds for personal use, including purchase of a luxury SUV, golf trips and other indulgencies.
In early December, Thomas’s house in an upscale section of Northeast was searched by federal officers, and while he was not taken into custody, reports stated that in such instances an arrest would be imminent.
The Team Thomas issues came to light during Thomas’s 2010 re-election campaign when questions were raised by the local D.C. Republican Party. To that end, the party’s chairman, Bob Kabel, said in a Jan. 4 statement that Thomas’ resignation has been long overdue.
“Mr. Thomas couldn’t resign soon enough,” said Kabel. “He distorted the truth, defrauded the city he was elected to help [and] never took responsibility for his actions.”
In a related matter, Thomas failed on Tuesday to make a $50,000 payment via cashier’s check that was part of an agreement he made with D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan, who sued him last summer over rhe missing funds. The payment was due on Dec. 31 but because of the holiday, it was extended until Jan. 3.
Thomas, who followed his late father — Harry Thomas Sr,’s — footsteps serving Ward 5 on the City Council, has been in office since 2007.
While he has never admitted guilt, Thomas agreed to pay back the $300,000 of taxpayer money in increments; and in accordance with the agreement he would reimburse the District though Dec. 2013.