D.C. City Council chairman Kwame Brown (D) was charged Wednesday with bank fraud, according to documents released this afternoon.
Brown has been the subject of a long-running corruption investigation.
The charges were filed in the District’s federal court in a “criminal information,” a document that can only be filed with the defendant’s consent and signals a plea deal is near, the officials said. Brown did not immediately return phone calls. His attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., did not respond to numerous phone calls and emails Wednesday. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, Bill Miller, declined to comment.
Law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the charges, cautioned that any deal could still fall apart.
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