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Ex-DC Councilmember Michael Brown pleads guilty to bribery charge

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Former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown has pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in federal court Monday.

Prosecutors say Brown accepted $55,000 in cash payments from undercover agents posing as businessmen seeking preferential treatment from the city government.

According to U.S. Attorney's Office, five different cash payments were given to Brown in a span of eight months from July 2012 to March 2013.

Photos from the U.S. Attorney's Office show Brown accepting $100 bills placed in coffee mugs.

Another cash payment was made in a duffel bag with a Washington Nationals baseball hat and two t-shirts.

A sentencing deal has been worked out with prosecutors that would have Brown serve 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The plea agreement also calls for Brown to pay $35,000, covering the amount of money he collected before confronted by law enforcement.

The judge will have the final say on Brown's sentencing and can sentence Brown up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for October 3.

Brown lost his bid for a second term last November. He ran again for an open at-large seat but abruptly dropped out of the race in April, citing personal and family matters that required his immediate attention.

Brown is the son of the late former Commerce secretary Ron Brown.

He is the third member of the D.C. Council to plead guilty to a felony in the last 18 months.

Information from the Associated Press used in this report.

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