Former DC campaign treasurer pleads guilty to violating campaign finance laws, tax evasion

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WASHINGTON — The campaign treasurer for a former D.C. councilmember has pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws and evading income taxes.

Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Hakim Sutton entered the plea Thursday and will be sentenced Feb. 4. He faces between 10 months and three years in prison, and an order to pay more than $48,000 in fines and restitution.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped theft charges against Sutton. Those stemmed from accusations that Sutton stole $115,000 from former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown's campaign account and used the money for personal expenses, including international travel.

Brown lost his re-election bid in 2012 after announcing that most of his campaign funds had been stolen. He was convicted of bribery last year and sentenced to more than three years in prison.

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