Judge drops charge against former DC delegate Walter Fauntroy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland judge has dropped a bad-check charge against the District of Columbia's former delegate to Congress.

Online court records show the case against 83-year-old Walter Fauntroy was dropped on Monday after he paid $20,000 in restitution.

The charge stemmed from a $55,000 check that Fauntroy wrote to cover the costs of a 2009 inaugural ball. Fauntroy and his attorney said previously that he had paid back some of the money.

Fauntroy left the country while facing a warrant for his arrest. He spent four years living abroad. He was arrested in June upon his arrival at Dulles International Airport.

Fauntroy helped plan the 1963 March on Washington with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He spent 20 years as the District's first elected Congressional delegate.

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