Updated 3:15 p.m.
D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. was charged today in federal district court with stealing more than $353,000 in taxpayer money and filing false tax returns.
Thomas is not expected to challenge the two charges, lodged in a criminal information filed this afternoon in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Thomas is due in court Friday at 11:15 for a plea hearing. U.S. District Judge John Bates will preside.
Prosecutors said in the two-count information (PDF) that Thomas stole for personal use $353,500 in District funds between April 2007 and February 2009. He is also accused of failing to report $346,000 in income in that same period.
Prosecutors said in a forfeiture allegation in charging documents that Thomas must give up a 2008 Victory motorcycle and a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Washington Post reported that the sport-utility vehicle and the motorcycle were seized in a law enforcement raid in December.
An attorney for Thomas, Venable partner Seth Rosenthal, was not immediately reached for comment this afternoon. Frederick Cooke Jr. of Washington’s Rubin, Winston, Diercks, Harris & Cooke, who also represents Thomas, was not reached for comment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Haray of the U.S. Attorney Office's fraud and public corruption section and Peter Mason, a Justice Department trial attorney in the public integrity section, signed the charging document. The Justice Department did not immediately comment on the case.