Former D.C. Homeland Security Director Charged in Tax Fraud Case

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | February 22, 2013 | 10:55 AM EST

Millicent West, former D.C. Homeland Security director, was charged in federal court yesterday for tax fraud and is expected to plead guilty. West formerly ran the Children Youth and Investment Trust Corporation, which diverted $400,000 in funds away from children's programs into the hands of then D.C. council member Harry Thomas Jr.

Thomas used $110,000 of the money to fund a 2009 inaugural ball thrown by the D.C. Young Democrats.

On January 10, 2012, The Washington Post wrote of the ball:

"The trust's executive director at the time, Millicent D. West, saw the ball as worthy indeed. According to the prosecutors' filing, West worked with Thomas and his chief of staff to send $110,000 in trust money - which came out of a city fund for drug prevention and at-risk children - to pay for the party. West, wary of cutting a check to the Young Democrats, suggested that Thomas find another organization to handle the payment. He did, and the group filed paperwork nine days later that mentioned nothing about the ball."

On Thursday, WJLA Reported on West:

"Millicent West resigned as D.C. director of homeland security and emergency management in January 2012, She was previously linked to disgraced former D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas.

"West's previous job was to run the Children Youth and Investment Trust Corporation, which paid out $400,000 in phony invoices that ended up in the pockets of Thomas. Thomas was later convicted of theft and sentenced to serve 38 months.

"West previously denied any wrongdoing."

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