Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown sentenced to one day in custody

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Local,DC,Liz Farmer

Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud in June,was sentenced Tuesday to one day in custody and will remain under control of U.S. Marshals until the end of the day.

Brown will then be placed under house arrest for six months and must also serve 480 hours of community service.

The sentence was less then the six days in jail to be served over three weekendsthe prosecutors had recommend. Brown had requested no jail time and 200 hours of community service.

Brown's sentence on Tuesday also came with two years of probation.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said Brown's resignation from his job and abandoning his political future had been punishment enough. He said he'd rather have Brown be a public example.

"It is important [for the public] to see the person who transgressed," Leon said, adding that Brown should serve his community service hours during the week when more people could see him.

"It will be a constant reminder," he said.

Brown made waves with Leon last month when he skipped three of his weekly calls to the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency, which were a requirement of his release agreement.

Leon said if Brown didn't follow any part if his release, he would be incarcerated.

In June, Brown pleaded guilty to lying about his income on two loan applications. In 2005, he was awarded a credit line of $184,000 fromIndustrial Bank but he inflated his income on the loan application.

Two years later, he applied for a $56,000 loan to buy a 38-foot powerboat. He admitted to altering a Form 1099 to make income for a consulting job $85,000 instead of the actual $35,000.

Brown also admitted in D.C. Superior Court to authorizing a relativeto open second bank account during his 2008 re-election campaign.Thatrelative was also allowed to make withdrawals from that account forthe campaign.

Brown's sentencing for that charge is scheduled for laterTuesday afternoon.

lfarmer@washingtonexaminer.com

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