A federal judge sentenced the brother of former D.C. Council chairman Kwame R. Brown to three months in prison on Tuesday for lying on loan documents after he fell behind on mortgage payments.
“You cannot deal with your financial problems by making things up,” U.S. District Judge Amy B. Jackson told Che M. Brown after announcing his sentence, which also includes five years of supervised release and 200 hours of community service.
Brown’s brother, Kwame, who was the initial focus of the government’s investigation, resigned as council chairman in June. He was sentenced to one day in custody and six months of home detention followed by three years of supervised release in a separate bank-fraud case. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating a city campaign finance statute.
Law enforcement officials began investigating the brothers after a complaint was filed with the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance against Kwame Brown’s 2008 campaign. Che Brown was a consultant on the campaign.