WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Former DC Councilmember Michael Brown appeared before a federal judge Monday afternoon.
Brown, 48, pleaded guilty to bribery and corruption charges. The Judge has set the sentence hearing for October 3rd and also told Brown to anticipate a maximum prison sentence of up to 3 years.
Ron Machen, U.S. Attorney for DC said at a press conference, "If you doubt our resolve, don't. If you believe you are too smart or your scheme is too complex, you are wrong and if you are intent on forsaking your oath to the Office, to govern with integrity and honor, let me prepare you for the consequences, because these investigators and these prosecutors are intent on upholding their oaths to prosecute you."
Brown who is the third elected official in just 18 months to plead guilty, demanded $55,000 from undercover FBI agents he thought were business people looking to strike a contract deal with the city, according to the charging documents.
According to Brown's lawyer, Brown suffered from a "serious lapse in judgement while facing severe financial difficulties."