James Garvin pleads guilty in Harry Thomas theft case

Harry Thomas, the former councilman at the center of the investigation.

The board member of a non-profit facing charges in connection with former D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas’ theft case pleaded guilty Wednesday.

James Garvin, 55, of Upper Marlboro, is a board member of a non-profit organization that operated youth programs in D.C. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge for failing to report and concealing the misappropriation of $392,000 in government grants.

"District residents will not tolerate corrupt public officials or those, such as James Garvin, who enable corrupt activity to prosper," said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. "Today's guilty plea is a sobering reminder that we all have a responsibility to stand up against corruption and that there are grave consequences for those who help public officials steal from taxpayers."

As part of the plea agreement, Garvin agreed to cooperate in any criminal investigation or prosecution. His sentencing date has not been set.

The founder of the non-profit, Marshall Banks, pleaded guilty on January 13 to the same charge.

Thomas pleaded guilty on January 6 to federal theft and tax charges that also involve the grant money.