It won't get him his job back as Washington D.C. mayor.
But Adrian M. Fenty won't face charges in the investigation surrounding how he gave out millions of dollars in city contracts for parks and recreation services as mayor two years ago.
But two of Fenty's close friends who did work for the city may have some serious legal problems ahead.
The report written by the D.C. City Council and investigated by the Trout Cacheris law firm questioned the financial ties between a firm doing city work and another company overseeing the city's bidding process -- both run by close Fenty associates.
While Fenty, who was defeated last fall after serving one term as Washington D.C. mayor, escaped blame in the report, the dealings between Banneker Ventures, run by Omar Karim, and Liberty Engineering and Design, co-owned by Sinclair Skinner, should be further investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office, according to the report.
The report said Karim and Skinner shared both professional and personal ties. But when investigators asked the men about their ties, they refused to cooperate, according to the report.
The investigators added there is evidence of "undisclosed conflicts of interest, or worse, an unlawful scheme" between Skinner and Karim.
"Karin and Skinner essentially thwarted the investigation and their performance left us with the clear impression that they believed they had something to hide," read a portion of the report.
Karim's company hired Skinner's firm to do surveying and engineering work. The report found that Skinner's Liberty Engineering and Design company marked up its cost by as much as 400 percent for site surveys.
The parks and recreation cronyism scandal helped doom Fenty's re-election prospects last year. Though the district did move forward during Fenty's term, many people never warmed to Fenty's autocratic and aloof personal style.
It also seemed that Fenty's frat brothers (Kappa Alpha Psi), contributors and friends were first in line whenever appointments to city jobs, commissions and contracts were involved.
It seems Fenty dodged a bullet in this report. But the same can't be said of his frat brothers Skinner and Karim, who will likely have some questions to answer from federal prosecutors. And they, unlike the the city investigators, won't take "no comment" for an answer.
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