D.C. Homeland Security Chief Resigns

Millicent West linked to Harry Thomas Jr. investigation

By WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
|  Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012  |  Updated 8:24 AM EDT
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D.C. Homeland Security Chief Resigns

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Millicent West

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There's more fallout this week in the corruption case involving former D.C. Council Member Harry Thomas Jr. Millicent West, D.C.'s director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, has resigned.

West has been linked to the corruption probe involving Thomas, as the Washington City Paper first reported yesterday.

She has not been charged with any wrongdoing but she was in charge of the Children and Youth Investment Trust Fund during the period when Thomas was stealing funds.

Though never named in the court documents, West is referred to several times indirectly, and in one example is described by federal prosecutors as helping Thomas secure $100,000 for an inaugural ball. Some of that money, prosecutors say, was later embezzled by Thomas.

West has said she never knew the funds were being misspent and in a letter yesterday West said she is resigning because of what she calls "the current distractions."

Thomas, meanwhile, is scheduled to be sentenced in May. He pleaded guilty in January to stealing more than $350,000 and filing false tax returns.

Complete story at wamu.org

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