U.S. Attorney Completes Kwame Brown Campaign Investigation

No additional charges


The U.S. Attorney’s Office completed its federal criminal investigation into former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s 2008 campaign and will not bring additional charges.

The campaign now will be investigated by the city's campaign finance office for violations of city campaign rules, News4’s Tom Sherwood report. That could leave the campaign subject to pretty heavy fines, but that doesn't mean the committee will have the money to pay them. 

Brown was sentenced last month to one day in custody, plus two years of supervised release, 480 hours of community service and a home detention curfew of 10 p.m. for a federal felony bank fraud charge. He will have to wear an electronic monitoring device for six months.

For a misdemeanor over a finance issue from his 2008 campaign, Brown was sentenced to two years of probation to be served concurrently with the bank fraud sentence. He also received a 30-day jail sentence, suspended on the condition that he successfully completes probation.

The bank fraud charges against Brown and his brother Che, who pleaded guilty Thursday, came out of the investigation into the Brown campaign, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Brown pleaded guilty June 8 to the bank fraud charge. He admitted to providing false documentation to secure two personal loans totaling more than $220,000.

On a document that listed Brown's consulting income as $35,000, he changed the "3" to an "8," according to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.

Brown also pleaded guilty June 8 to a campaign finance violation charge, admitting to aiding and abetting a relative who made a cash payment of $1,500 to a campaign worker.

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