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Treasurer Arrested on Charges of Stealing From D.C. Councilmember's Campaign



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    The treasurer for former D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown was arrested Friday on federal charges accusing him of stealing more than $115,000 from Brown's campaign fund.

    Hakim Sutton, 32, surrended to the Metropolitan Police Department on an outstanding U.S. District Court Warrant. 

    Court documents claim that Sutton stole $115,250 from Brown's campaign fund and spent it on trips to Greece, Las Vegas and Martha's Vineyard; during shopping sprees at stores such as Gucci, Crate & Barrel, Armani Exchange, and on limousine services.

    An indictment against him was unsealed Wednesday. He is facing 14 charges, including wire fraud, tax evasion, willful failure to file income tax, knowingly filing a false or misleading campaign finance report, first-degree theft and criminal forfeiture.

    When the allegations of missing money first surfaced, Sutton denied any wrongdoing through his attorney, saying Brown had directed Sutton to pay himself under the table, reported News4's Mark Segraves.

    Brown, who has denied any wrongdoing in the Sutton matter, has previously pleaded guilty to taking $55,000 from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted D.C. government contracts. He is due to be sentenced this spring.

    Earlier this week, D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson agreed to a plea bargain in which he told prosecutors that he funneled tens of thousands of illegal contributions to Brown's campaigns over the years and paid Brown $200,000 to drop out of the 2006 mayoral race.

    Sutton is due to appear in court Friday.