Former DC official, mayoral aide pleads guilty in tax case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former high-ranking District of Columbia government official has pleaded guilty to a federal tax charge.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Warren Graves entered the plea Monday to subscribing to a false tax return. The 63-year-old faces 12 to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $55,000 at sentencing on Oct. 25 under sentencing guidelines. A plea agreement calls for him to pay to pay $220,987 in restitution.

Graves served as chief of staff to the city administrator under former mayor Vincent Gray. He also was a top aide to former mayors Marion Barry and Anthony Williams.

Prosecutors say Graves owned a consulting company that arranged meetings involving officials and businesses and individuals. In his plea, Graves admits that he underreported income on returns from 2009 to 2013.