Michael Brown Reports Campaign FundsTheft

6/29/2012, 9:35 a.m.

At-large Council member Michael Brown issued a statement Thursday indicating that he'd stumbled upon a spate of unauthorized spending from one of his re-election campaign's bank accounts.

Brown said in the statement that he discovered the expenditures last week during a personal review of the campaign's finance records. He said an assistant who had worked for his campaigns for more than five years was responsible and that turned the matter has been turned over to the Metropolitan Police Department.

"As the one who discovered the alleged theft, I have decided to personally take over as the treasurer of my re-election campaign," Brown said. "To demonstrate my commitment to operate the campaign books transparently and ethically, I will bring in an independent auditor to ensure that all campaign finance activities meet the strictest fiduciary standards."

Brown added that no further comment would be made while the investigation remains ongoing.