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Former Ward 5 ANC Commish Charged

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    Officials have uncovered more political turmoil in Ward 5, this time allegedly involving a former ANC commissioner.

    William Shelton, the former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Ward 5B, was charged Wednesday with access device fraud in D.C. federal court. Prosecutors said he used a Wachovia Bank debit card for the Ward 5 ANC to draw nearly $30,000 between August 2010 and March 2011.

    The Washington Post reported in December that Shelton agreed to repay the money.  Officials said that Shelton would repay $28,878.46 to the District, with an initial payment of $5,000, and monthly installment payments of $200 until the remaining balance is paid.

    Shelton resigned from his position as ANC Ward 5B commissioner in August.

    The alleged incidents do not appear to be connected to the trouble surrounding former Ward 5 Council member Harry "Tommy" Thomas Jr., who pleaded guilty last week to stealing more than $350,000 in city funds intended for youth organizations and for tax evasion.