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Brown Enters Guilty Plea

Wire Report | 6/8/2012, 5:36 p.m.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has pleaded guilty in a federal court in the District to charges stemming from the false doucmentation of his earnings by tens of thousands of dollars as part of an application for a home equity loan and a boat he named "Bulletproof."

Brown, who faces no more than six months in jail after making the plea Friday morning on the misdemeanor charge, also faced a second court hearing later in the day after being charged on Thursday with one misdemeanor count of making an "unlawful cash campaign expenditure."

"I'm shocked by the news; I am disappointed and saddened. I was elected to the Council when Chairman Brown was elected to an at-large position," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a written statement when news of the bank fraud charge broke. "I served with him my entire time on the Council. Never would I have imagined something like this would occur."

Brown is the second council member forced to resign in the past six months because of corrupt behavior. Former councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is serving a prison sentence of three-plus years after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 from the D.C. government that was meant for youth sports and arts programs.

Federal authorities also have been investigating Gray's 2010 campaign because of allegations of payments made to another mayoral candidate to publically criticize then-incumbent Adrian Fenty's re-election bid.