DC Council chair resigns after bank fraud charge

June 7, 2012 • National News

FILE – In this May 12, 2011 file photo, Washington D.C. City Council Chairman Kwame Brown testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Brown was charged Wednesday with lying about his income on loan applications, becoming the second person on the panel in the last six months to face accusations of criminal wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the District of Columbia Council resigned Wednesday effective immediately after being charged in federal court with lying about his income on bank loan applications.

The bank fraud charge against Kwame R. Brown, one of the most influential power brokers in the D.C. government, is the latest allegation of criminal wrongdoing to roil local politics in the nation’s capital. It means further shakeup on the council.

Councilmember Phil Mendelson confirmed to The Associated Press that Brown had resigned. He had submitted a resignation letter by the end of the day.

“I have made some very serious mistakes in judgment for which I will take full responsibility,” Brown wrote in a letter Wednesday to the Council secretary, a copy of which was obtained by the AP. He added later, “I have behaved in ways that I should not have. I was wrong, and I will face the consequences of that conduct.”

Council chair pro tempore Mary Cheh said in a statement Wednesday night that she wanted to assure D.C. residents “the work of the Council will continue uninterrupted.” She said she would convene a Login to read more

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