Another Gray Campaign Aide Indicted
Wire Report | 5/23/2012, 9:41 p.m.
Another member of Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign staff has been indicted on charges he made false statements to the FBI about making payments to Sulaimon Brown.
In documents filed with the United States District Court on Wednesday, the government alleges that Howard L Brooks lied about providing cash, money orders and other payments to Brown during the 2010 campaign.
The indictment comes a day after another aide to Mayor Gray, Thomas Gore, pleaded guilty to funneling campaign funds to Brown and then destroying the evidence.
Gore, the acting treasurer for Gray's campaign who pleaded guilty Tuesday, said in court that he was captured on a wiretap talking to Brooks about shredding evidence of payments to Brown. Brooks, who had not yet been charged earlier, was not mentioned by name in court and was referred to in documents as "Person A."
Brooks' attorney, Glenn Ivey, did not immediately return a message from the Associated Press seeking comment. He and the mayor are not close - Gray said in late 2011 that he had not spoken to Brooks all year - and Brooks is not well-known in district politics.
He is, however, a close personal friend of Lorraine Green, Gray's campaign chairwoman and closest adviser during his 2010 bid. Brown has said he also received money from Green before she delegated that task to Brooks.
Brooks was rewarded handsomely for his work on the Gray campaign, receiving $44,000 in consulting fees. He was also paid $34,500 by the Gray transition.
Mayor Gray has declined to comment on the allegations, saying that investigations are still pending.