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Posted at 5:07 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Probation for DC tax office employee

By Del Quentin Wilber

A former investigator for the D.C. tax office was sentenced Thursday to probation for participating in a scheme that allowed businesses to avoid paying more than $100,000 in taxes.

Shelly-Ann Wicker pleaded guilty in November to accepting $1,800 in bribes in 2006 from the president of a Maryland-based tax consulting firm to expedite the processing certificates that exempted businesses from D.C. sales and other taxes. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton sentenced Wicker to five years probation, 200 hours of community service, and ordered her to pay $106,232 in restitution to the D.C. government.

The president of the tax consulting company, John F. Craul Jr., pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of supplementing a government salary. On Thursday, Walton sentenced Craul, 58, of Frederick to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service

By Del Quentin Wilber  | February 17, 2011; 5:07 PM ET
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, The District  
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Hold it. Isn't this the same tax office that's part of the OCFO run by Ghandi? the same office with $50M in stolen funds by 1 person? Another person stupid enough to try to steal funds while the $50M investigation was ongoing? how much stealing was taking place in that office? it seems like every office had a little scheme going!

Posted by: oknow1 | February 17, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me but there are certificates that exempted businesses from D.C. sales and other taxes? Why on earth does DC have such a thing? Can someone tell me what benefit DC gets from this? This reads like some council member's under the table perk for certain businesses who are probably making large donations to the council member.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 17, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Jimof1913,

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to keep from making dumb comments. Organizations recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code may qualify for sales tax exemption. Other organizations cannot qualify for sales tax exemption.

If you don't know what a 501(c)(3) is, check out www.irs.gov.


Posted by: streff | February 17, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

@ Streff,

501(c)(3) are for non-profits, and I don't know of any consulting firm that are non-profits. I'm also asking the same question that Jimof1913 posed. How can a for-profit receive an exemption from sales and other taxes?

Posted by: GoldCoast | February 17, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

streff you are way off base. The businesses were not 501c entitiies, they were for profit busninesses. They obtained exemptions from energy taxes, gas, electric, etc. I guess DC feels they have to do that to encourage companies to open/stay in business in DC.

Posted by: sickofit3 | February 18, 2011 7:16 AM | Report abuse

What a joke this judge is. White collar crime in DC is a joke. Why not take the risk 5 yrs probation .... lol.. I'm sure these criminals are laughing at the inept Judge now.

Posted by: espnfan | February 18, 2011 7:58 AM | Report abuse

@espnfan - What is your maladjustment? What is funny about having to repay the D.C. Government $106,232 in restitution?

Posted by: alligator10 | February 18, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

@espnfan - What is your maladjustment? What is funny about having to repay the D.C. Government $106,232 in restitution?

Posted by: alligator10 | February 18, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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