D.C. swindler's handbags up for auction online
Harriette Walters' ill-gotten goods could be your fashion steal.
The extensive handbag collection of Walters, ringleader of a nearly $49 million operation that stole tax revenues undetected from the District for close to two decades, is up for auction; The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District confirmed the collection was hers.
The sale is being run by a Texas auction house on behalf of the U.S. Marshal's Service, which took control of the purses when Walters' forfeited them as part of her federal case. She was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison in 2009 for her thievery while a manager in D.C's Office of Tax and Revenue.
The auction opened Jan. 8 and continues through Jan. 22, according to the auction site.
From Chanel and Gucci to Louis Vuitton -- from patent leather to rabbit fur -- it's all there, along with scarves and shoes among 185 items.
Known as "Mother Harriette," Walters often gave cash and checks to friends and co-workers, investigators found.
-- Mary Pat Flaherty
Mary Pat Flaherty
January 12, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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