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Team Thomas Complaint for Relief 6-6-11

Team Thomas Complaint for Relief 6-6-11

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Lawsuit filed against D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. by D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan.
Lawsuit filed against D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. by D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan.

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DISTRICTOFCOLUMBIA,
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441FourthStreet,N.W.
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CivilActionNo.
0004408-11
ashington,DC20001,
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Plaintiff,
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HARRYL.THOMAS
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Washington,DC20018,
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SWINGAWAY,LLC,
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aDistrictofColumbialimitedliability
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INTHESUPERIORCOURTFORTHEDISTRICTOFCOLUMBIACIVILDIVISIONCOMPLAINTFORRELIEFUNDERCHARITABLESOLICITATIONSLAW,FALSECLAIMSACT,ANDCOMMONLAW
Plaintiff,
the
DistrictofColumbia(the"District"),byi~AttorneyGeneral,allegesasfollows:
I,
TheDistrictfilesthisComplaint
(i)
tosecureinjunctiveandotherequitablerelieftoprotectthepublicfromviolationsbyDefendant
Harry
L.ThomasJr,("Thomas")oftheDistrict'scharitablesolicitationslaw,D.C.OfficialCode
§
44..1701
etseq.,
whichhaveresultedincharitablecontributionsbeingdivertedfromtheirspecificcharitablepurposes;
(ii)
toobtainamonetaryjudgmentagainstDefendantsforthreetimestheamountofdamagesthattheDistrietsustainedbecauseoftheirrepeatedviolationsoftheFalseClaimsAct,D.C.
Official
Code
 
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§
2-308.14,pluscostsandcivilpenalties;and
(iii)
toobtainamonetaryjudgment~gainstDefendantsforcommonlawclaims,includingfraud,conversion,andunjustenrichment.
2.
AspresidentofaDistrictofColumbianonprofitcorporation,Thomasdirectedandcontrolledunlawfulsolicitationsofcharitablefundsandcausedcharitablefundstobedivertedfromtheirlawfulpurposesandusedforhispersonalandpoliticalpurposes,includingforpersonaltripstoandgolfingactivitiesinLasVegas;NevadaandPebbleBeach,California,
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andforthepreparationofpolitic
at
literature.Further,
in
concert
with
others,byfalse
and
I
fraudulentstatements,ThomascausedsubstantialDistrict~fundstobeunlawfullydiverted,\.toanon-profitcorporationthathecontrolledandtoafor-profitcompanythatheandhiswifecontrolled.Morespecifically,asdetailedbelow,Thomas,employingtheresourcesofhisDistrictofColumbiaCouncilmemberoffice,causedmorethan$300,000outof$400,000
in
Districtfundsearmarkedfor"youthbaseballprograms"to
be
secretlydivertedtoentitiesthat
he
controlledandto
be
spentinsubstantial
part
forhispersonalbenefit,including
$58,575.20
foraluxurysportutilityvehiclethatwasultimatelytitledinhisownname.TheDistrictseekstorecovercompensatory,punitive,andtrebledamages,pluscivilpenalties,costs,
and
attorney'sfees,fordivertedDistrict.grantfunds.Inaddition,theDistrictseeks,as
parenspatriae,
torecoverdivertedcharitablefundsforthebenefitofthegeneralpublic.
Jurisdiction
3.TheCourt
has
jurisdictionoverthesubject
matter
ofthiscasepursuant
to
D.C..OfficialCode
§
11-921(a)(6),§2-308.15(a),
and
§
44-1712(c)(I).TheCourthaspersonaljurisdictionoverDefendantspursuanttoD.C.OfficialCode
§
13-422
and
§
13-423(a)(1)and(a)(3).
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4.TheDistrict,amunic~paJcorporationempoweredtosueandbesued,isthelocalgovernment.fortheterritoryconstitutingthepermanent.seatofthegovernmentoftheUnited'States.TheDistrictbringsthisaction,throughitsAttorneyGeneral,pursuantto
(i)
the
AttorneyGeneral'sauthoritytoprotectDistrictfunds,
to
enforcetheFalseClaimsAct,D.C.OfticialCode
§
2-308.1Sea),andtoenforcetheDistrict',charitablesolicitationslaw,D.C.OfficialCode§44-1712(cXl);
(ii)
theAttorneyGeneral'sstatUtoryandcommonlawauthoritytoenforceobaritabletrustsandprotectcharitableassets,D.C.OfficialCode
§
19-1301.10(c);and
(iii)
anassignme~t·
,
\,
totheDistrictofclaimsandcausesofactionthatDCChildrenandYouthInvestmentTru$lCorporation,anon-profitorganizationthatadministersgrant
fundsonbehalf
oftheDistrict,
may
haveinconnectionwithtwograntsthatarethesubjectofthisComplaint.
5.
ThomasisdomiciledintheDistrictofColumbiaandresides
at
241317
Ut
Street,N.E.,Washington,DC20018.SinceJanuary2007,ThomashasservedasaDistrict.ofColwnbiaCouncilmemberand,inthatcapacity,has
managed
anddirectedthestaffandactivitiesofhisCouncilmemberoffice.FromJanuary2007toDecember2010,Thomasalsoserved
as
presidentofTeamThomas,aDistrictofColumbianonprofitcorporation.6.DefendantHLTTeamThomaslSwingaway,LLC("HLTDevelopment")wasorganizedbyThomasin2004asaDistrictofColumbialimitedliabilitycompany.Thecompanyhasalsobeenknownas"HLTDevelopment,"andithasmaintainedacheckingaccount
in-the
name"HLTDevelopmentAssociates."ThecompanyiscontrolledbyThomasandhiswife,DianeThomas.anditsbusinessaddressistheirhomeaddress-.
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