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Barry took kickbacks, council investigation finds

Well, it sure as hell wasn’t a whitewash.

Attorney Bob Bennett this morning presented the findings of a five-month investigation into D.C. Council contracts and earmarks—a probe prompted by the shenanigans of Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry this summer.

The blockbuster finding is that Barry handed council checks to girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, then ordered her to go to a bank, cash the checks, and give him part of the proceeds. Barry, in a deposition, protested that any money she handed over was to repay loans Barry had given.

Full story: Barry Took Kickbacks, Council Investigation Finds – City Desk – Washington City Paper