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Brown charged in campaign misdemeanor

June 7, 2012 at 3:36 PM

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- Kwame Brown, who resigned Wednesday as D.C. Council chairman following a charge of bank fraud, was charged Thursday with a campaign violation.

Brown allegedly committed bank fraud by falsifying records he presented to a bank to obtain a home equity loan and to purchase a house, leading to his resignation from the District of Columbia Council. He was charged in D.C. Federal Court Wednesday and was to attend a plea hearing Friday, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Federal authorities have been scrutinizing Brown's 2008 election campaign records, and Thursday charged him in D.C. Superior Court with one count of making an "unlawful cash campaign expenditure," a misdemeanor, the newspaper said. In September 2009, about a year after the election, a relative of Brown's, who was not his campaign manager, made a "campaign expenditure" in excess of $50, the court filing said.

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