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D.C.'s Catania threatens CFO with lawsuit, calls for his resignation

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Capital Land,Liz Farmer

At-Large D.C. Councilman David Catania, the unofficial sworn enemy of the city's CFO Natwar Ghandi, took the opportunity at hearing Thursday on internet gambling to publicly skewer the financial offier and call for his resignation. Ghandi, whose office shepherded through the new city lottery contract, was being hotly questioned by the council's finance commitee for his role in including "igaming" in the new contract.

Catania accused the CFO of "going rogue" and changing the lottery contract to more specifially include internet gambling only after the city council approved a contract that had a provision for "nontraditional gaming."

"This is the most extralegal action that I have ever seen," Catania said. "This calls for the resignation of those responsible right up to the top. So until I know who is responsible for this Mr. Chairman [Jack Evans], there is no way I can support the future tenure of our chief financial officer."

Catania later suggested the council sue the CFO and said if the legislative body didn't, he still could.

The hearing began at 10 a.m. Thursday and questioning into the CFO's and the DC Lottery's actions continued well into the afternoon.

 

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