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Harry Thomas, D.C. Councilman, has home searched by FBI agents

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Authorities in front of Harry Thomas' house. (Photo: Brian Hopkins) (Photo: TBD Staff)

 

FBI agents have searched the home of D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas. FBI agents have been seen moving in and out of Thomas' home in the 2400 block of 17th Street NE on Friday morning.

After FBI agents left, Thomas was seen inside the house with two attorneys.

"We are cooperating,” said Karl Racine, one of his criminal defense attorneys.

He is alleged to have used over $300,000 of city money for personal matters, including a luxury SUV, golf outings, travel and other personal matters.

The I.R.S was part of the search, which included another SUV and a motorcycle that were inpounded.

Earlier, half of council members were set to meet on the issue but Chairman Kwame Brown rescheduled for Monday.

"It is an issue we want to discuss...all members are here,” Brown said.

The U.S. Attorney's office says that Thomas has not been arrested or taken into custody. Agents have reportedly secured a vehicle outside the home as well.

"I continue to support the investigation into these allegations so that justice can run its course. For the sake of the District, I hope the investigation is concluded quickly," Mayor Vincent Gray says.

ABC7 and WTOP reporter Mark Segraves says that Thomas is at home with his attorney, Fred Cooke, while the FBI continues to search and box evidence.

Both the FBI and the IRS are involved in the search, Segraves reports. The FBI says the search is part of an ongoing investigation.

 

Thomas has been a lightning rod for controversy for the alleged misuse of city funds. At least three fellow members of the D.C. Council have called for him to resign.

He is alleged to have used over $300,000 of city money for personal matters, including a luxury SUV, golf outings, travel and other personal matters.

Thomas settled a lawsuit over the matter with the District's Attorney General shortly thereafter.

 

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