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Marion Barry fined for taking gifts from D.C. contractors

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D.C. Councilman Marion Barry was censured and fined more than $13,000 Thursday for taking thousands of dollars in cash from a pair of Washington-based construction companies.

Barry took two gifts in 2012 from Forney Enterprises and F&L Construction totaling $6,800. Barry's agreed to a fine of $13,600.

Barry declined to comment to ABC7 Thursday.

Public officials are prohibited from taking gifts of more than $20 from contractors. According to the Post, city officials are subject to a fine of up to three times the amount received in gifts.

Barry isn't the only one facing the ethics board. They also decided to bring ethical charges against former councilman Michael Brown for refusing to file his financial disclosure forms last year.

The board says, as of Thursday, it's still investigating been Brown's potential penalty. But director Traci Hughes say it could be thousands of dollars.

Brown pleaded guilty last month to taking thousands of dollars in cash from undercover FBI agents who he thought were businessmen.

 

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