Friday, May 11, 2012

Nonprofit Director Pleads Guilty

The head of a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit pleaded guilty to lying about her 2009 tax returns and is cooperating with prosecutors in their investigation of former D.C. councilman Harry Thomas Jr.

Danita Doleman, who is the executive director of Youth Tech, received $110,000 from the D.C. Children & Youth Investment Trust in 2009, according to a report in The Washington Post. Doleman admitted to funneling $100,000 of that money, which was supposed to be used for drug prevention programs, to the D.C. Young Democrats.

Ayawana Chase Webster, a staffer for Thomas Jr. and head of the D.C. Young Democrats in 2009, used the money from Youth Tech to fund a ball at the John A. Wilson Building. Thomas Jr., who was sentenced to 38 months in prison last week for theft of public funds from the trust, admitted to steering the $100,000 to the ball.

The executive director of the D.C. Youth Investment Trust at the time, Millicent D. West, told prosecutors that she worked with Thomas Jr. and his staff to find a way to pay for the ball. She told them that a non-political group would have to pay for it. That's where Youth Tech came into play.

Doleman's role in the scandal had not been mentioned in the original court documents. A two-page charge filed Wednesday accused her of failing to report $20,000 in income she received from Youth Tech in 2009. Her lawyer, Michelle Peterson, said her client filed an amendment to reflect the $4,000 she owed in taxes and, as part of her plea agreement, would provide information for the government's investigation of Thomas Jr.

You can read the full story in The Washington Post.

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