FBI, IRS search home of DC Councilmember Thomas

By BEN NUCKOLS and ERIC TUCKER | December 3, 2011 | 2:05 AM EST

Attorney Fred Cooke, rear center, watches as agents seize a motorcycle outside the house of Washington D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., in Washington, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. FBI and IRS agents searched Thomas' home as part of an investigation that he diverted $300,000 in city funds for personal use. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI and IRS agents on Friday searched the home of a District of Columbia council member who was accused by the city's attorney general of diverting more than $300,000 in city funds for personal use.

Nearly two dozen law-enforcement personnel took part in the search of the home of D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.

Agents loaded a Chevrolet Tahoe and a motorcycle of Thomas' onto a tow truck. They also left with several bags and boxes of items.

Federal authorities have been investigating Thomas, a Democrat, since at least June, when the District of Columbia attorney general filed a lawsuit accusing him of spending more than $300,000 in city funds on an Audi SUV, vacations and other personal expenses. Thomas agreed to repay the money but did not acknowledge any wrongdoing.

His attorney says he is confident "there'll be no finding of any criminal violations."