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D.C. City Council: 3 convicted, 1 pleads guilty, 1 under investigation

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Since their election two years ago, three members of the D.C. City Council have been convicted of felonies and two are under investigation.

D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange (Photo: ABC7)

Three days after former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe, another councilmember’s campaign is facing scrutiny.

Federal investigators have been in contact with Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) about finances in his past campaigns, including a run for mayor in 2006.

And Councilmember Marion Barry this week said he'd accepted thousands of dollars worth of gifts from city contractors.

Asked about the cases, Mayor Vincent Gray said, "These are obviously ongoing situations, so I don't have any comment on them ."

Today the Choi family at the Florida Avenue Market, long time supporters of Orange, are getting subpoenas.

"The Chois are going to be cooperating and sharing whatever information because they've really done nothing wrong and everything has been appropriate in the relationship," says attorney A. Scott Bolden.

Earlier this week, Brown admitted to accepting $55,000 in bribes from FBI agents whom he believed were businessmen looking for special opportunities in the District.

Asked about the cases, Mayor Vincent Gray said, "These are obviously ongoing situations, so I don't have any comment on them ."

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