The former head of Washington, D.C.’s homeland security office was charged Thursday with preparing false documents to hide the use of money from a charity she ran to pay for a 2009 inaugural ball, says The Washington Post.
Millicent West is the fifth person charged in connection with the nonprofit theft scandal that sent ex-D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. to prison last year. She is expected to plead guilty at a federal court hearing Friday, according to the Post.
Prosecutors said Ms. West, in her prior role as head of the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust, took part in a scheme to divert $110,000 from the charity to an organization putting on a ball celebrating President Obama’s first inauguration. Mr. Thomas is serving a 38-month prison sentence for using a nonprofit group and other entities to steal more than $350,000 from District youth programs.