Former D.C. Council Candidate Kelvin Robinson Pleads Guilty to Money Scheme

Former D.C. Council Candidate Pleads Guilty to Money Scheme

June 3, 2014 10:32 AM

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — A former candidate for the D.C. Council pleaded guilty to conspiring to receive and conceal campaign contributions in excess of $33,000 during his run for office.

Prosecutors say businessman Jeffrey Thompson contributed money for Kelvin Robinson’s 2010 campaign by transferring funds through companies to disguise the source of the contributions.

Robinson, 53, faces up to a year in jail, according to WNEW senior correspondent Mark Segraves.

A criminal complaint filed last month in Superior Court alleges that Thompson made contributions of more than $26,000. Prosecutors say Robinson and Thompson filed false forms with Washington’s Office of Campaign Finance.

Robinson also failed to report $7,500 in contributions made by Thompson to a previous campaign for an at-large council seat in 2010, according to the Washington Post.

The D.C. Campaign Act limits the amount an individual and entity can contribution to a council candidate to $1,000.

In March, Thompson pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges. Prosecutors alleged that Thompson took part in a “shadow campaign” to help elect Mayor Vincent Gray.

Robinson’s attorney would not comment when asked whether the former candidate is cooperating with federal prosecutors investigating the alleged “shadow campaign.”

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