D.C. campaign treasurer indicted for looting election money

The campaign treasurer of former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown has been indicted on charges of stealing $115,000 from the political campaign to support his lavish lifestyle.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Hakim J. Sutton, 32, of D.C., is charged with five counts of wire fraud, two tax offenses, six counts of false filings and misleading finance reports, and one count of first-degree theft.

Sutton is accused of raiding Brown’s 2012 re-election campaign bank account and depositing the money in his own account to pay for expensive shopping sprees, including at Gucci, the Armani Exchange, and the Apple Store.

He’s also accused of spending the campaign money on limousine services and to pay for trips to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., Las Vegas,  Miami and Greece, according to the indictment.

Brown lost his re-election bid in 2012, and was himself later convicted of bribery.

Sutton attorney, J. Wyndal Gordon, said he has a number of disagreements with the allegations in the indictment.

“I do not believe Hakim Sutton stole any money from Michael Brown’s campaign,” Gordon told D.C. Crime Stories.

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