News & Politics

Harry Thomas Jr.’s Wrong Turns

We take a look at where things went wrong for the former DC Council member.

In the annals of corruption in District government, Harry Thomas Jr. ranks relatively low in terms of the amount of money he stole, $353,500–DC tax manager Harriette Walters and ten others went down in 2009 for methodically stealing $48.1 million in fraudulent tax refunds over two decades. But Thomas has the dubious distinction of being the first elected DC official to be convicted of a felony. Here’s how his case went down.

This article appears in the May 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.

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