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Prosecutors drop charge against Columbia city councilman

January 11, 2020 GMT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed a criminal charge against a Columbia city councilman who had been accused of illegally cutting a deal with two developers.

The charge of attempting to commit an act prohibited of an elected official against Councilman Ian Thomas was dropped Friday, television station KOMU reported. That came after Thomas agreed to perform 75 hours of community service in the next six months.

Thomas was accused of working out a deal for the developers to donate $40,000 to an affordable housing group in exchange for Thomas supporting their development plans.

Thomas self-reported the allegations to the Missouri Ethics Commission, but maintained he did nothing wrong.

The agreement was canceled after the city counselor and another city official said it was potentially illegal.