(Washington Post) — Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown had had six run-ins with law enforcement, including three charges in the District and an attempted-murder charge in Chicago, at the time he received a $110,000-a-year job in the administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, said city officials and sources close to Gray. The administration knew of the three D.C. charges — in addition to a protective order and one conviction in the District for unlawful entry — before offering Brown the job as an analyst at the Department of Health Care Finance.
Gray transition officials did not discover the 1988 attempted-murder charge in Chicago, for which Brown was acquitted, or a 2008 arrest on suspicion of assault in East Orange, N.J., for which he was not indicted, said a source close to Gray’s transition team who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Officials with the health-care agency told Brown on Jan. 26 — five days before he began work — that they wanted to perform a background check, according to e-mails obtained by The Washington Post.
Brown told the officials there was no need. He directed them to Gerri Mason Hall, the mayor’s chief of staff, who he said would vouch for him. “Please contact Gerri Mason Hall, as it relates to that,” Brown wrote in one of the e-mails. “Her office has already done a complete background check on me. I was placed with you by her office.” Hall declined to comment Monday. WUSA (Channel 9) reported Sunday that Gray’s transition team learned of the Chicago and New Jersey charges, which were mentioned in a “confidential” report dated March 9, two weeks after Brown was fired by the District.