Marshall Banks pleads guilty

WASHINGTON (AP, ABC7) - A man accused of helping to cover up theft of government money by former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. has pleaded guilty to his part in the scheme.

Marshall Banks pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington on Friday.

According to a two-page court document, Banks received and redistributed grant funds to Thomas, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 in government funds earmarked for youth sports and other programs.

“Public corruption is allowed to flourish when ordinary citizens remain silent in the face of obvious wrongdoing,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. “While Harry Thomas lined his pockets with money meant to benefit children, he was unable to do so alone. Marshall Banks stood by while Thomas stole the money and instead of reporting it, actively helped to conceal the fact that grant funds were being funneled back to Thomas.”

The 71-year-old Banks is the president of a nonprofit that provides golf programs for youth. He faces up to three years in prison, though federal sentencing guidelines suggest a maximum of six months incarceration.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Photos: Authorities raid Harry Thomas' house