Former ANC Leader Gets 30 Days In Jail

Willian Shelton pleaded guilty to federal fraud charge in January

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:44 AM EDT
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Former ANC Leader Gets 30 Days In Jail

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A former neighborhood leader in the District of Columbia has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for misappropriating more than $28,000 in government funds.

William Shelton, a former chairman of an Advisory Neighborhood Commission in northeast Washington, must also serve 150 days of home confinement as part of a sentence imposed Friday in U.S. District Court. Shelton pleaded guilty in January, admitting that he used a debit card for the ANC's bank account to pay for personal expenses.

The neighborhood commissions consider policies affecting the neighborhood and make recommendations to District government agencies. They're permitted to establish a checking account, and though expenditures must be signed by at least two ANC officers, prosecutors say the withdrawals or purchases in this case were not approved by the ANC.

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