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DC Government Contractor Gets Six Months for Illegal Contributions to DC Council Candidates

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A 60-year-old man has been handed down six months in prison on charges of making illegal contributions to campaigns for D.C. Council. 

According to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Columbia, a total of 11 contributions were made to three different campaigns for D.C. Council.

The defendant named Keith Forney also received an additional sentence of 36 months, which was suspended, for “committing fraud and perjury to illegally obtain contracting preferences.”

Forney owns a general contracting company in D.C. He allegedly falsely stated that he lived at a D.C. address to obtain preference points for his company in bidding for D.C. government contracts. Subsequently, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia convicted Forney last April over campaign finance violations, three counts of fraud, two counts of perjury, and one count of corrupt election practices .

In July 2019, Forney was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment “for the conduit campaign contribution counts” and a 36 month suspended sentence “for the fraud, perjury, and corrupt election practices counts.”

He was also placed on three years of probation and will perform 1,000 hours of community service and pay a $11,500 penalty.

In mid-August, Forney pled guilty to mail fraud and money laundering and tax fraud in two different federal court cases. He faces up to 20 years for mail fraud and 10 years for money laundering.

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