DC Council Ponders Fate Of Youth Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Former DC Councilman Harry Thomas is going to be sentenced to prison in May for stealing thousands of dollars for city youth programs.
The non-profit that was used to funnel the funds to Thomas was the subject of the DC Council on Monday.
It's called the Children and Youth Investment Trust fund, and while the trust has done a lot of good, getting lots of money into the hands of youth programs, it's the theft of huge sums by Harry Thomas Junior that could spell the end of the non profit.
Former Councilman Harry Thomas Junior could be sentenced to four years in prison for using his position to steal roughly $300,000 from the Children's and Youth Investment trust fund:
On Monday, the administrators of the Trust were summoned before a DC Council Commitee to explain why the non profit should be allowed to continue:
Ellen London, a longtime Trust staffer, replaced Millicent West, the CEO at the time Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. was stealing funds.
West went on to become Homeland Security Chief for DC, a position she recently resigned from to concentrate on the still ongoing federal probe of the Trust:
Trust witnesees would not comment on the continuing probe, but testified that changes have been implemented to prevent future thefts.
If the Chilkdren's and Youth investment Trust is allowed to remain in business, it will be good news for seven-year-old Chritian Mitchell, who attends an after school program funded by the trust.