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Marshall Banks charged in Harry Thomas case

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A man accused of helping to cover up theft of government money by former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is now facing charges.

Prosecutors filed their case against Marshall Banks on Thursday. He was charged by criminal information, which generally signals a person's intent to plead guilty.

READ: Harry Thomas pleads guilty

The 2-page document says Banks received and redistributed grant funds to Thomas, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 in government funds earmarked for youth sports and other programs.

Banks is the president of a nonprofit that provides golf programs for youth.

He allegedly gave grant money to Thomas for programs that never happened. A message left for Banks was not immediately returned.

The charge Banks faces carries a maximum of three years imprisonment.

A plea hearing is scheduled for Friday morning.

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