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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.


Some of the items for sale. (U.S. Marshals Service)

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

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  January 12, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty , The District  
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Comments

Foolery. Take a DC employee have them post these bags on eBay and save the tax payers some money. Also, some of the bags selling for under $500 have a minimum bid of over $1000 on Ebay. Once again DC can't get a single thing right.

Posted by: kaneetra | January 12, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The volume of purses, shoes, sunglasses, etc. is unbelievable. It really gives one a physical sense of how much money Harriett Walters stole.

In response to kaneetra, I don't think DC had anything to do with the auction; the US Marshall's Service set it up. And, since it's an auction, I'm sure prices will continue to rise as word spreads. Lastly, with the amount of items being auctioned, would you really want to trust your average person to describe and post items, monitor bids, contact winners, and package and ship everything? I think the decision to use an auction house was a good one.

Posted by: DelRayGrl16 | January 12, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Foolery. Take a DC employee have them post these bags on eBay and save the tax payers some money. Also, some of the bags selling for under $500 have a minimum bid of over $1000 on Ebay. Once again DC can't get a single thing right. In response to kaneetra, I don't think DC had anything to do with the auction; the US Marshall's Service set it up.

Posted by: kaneetra | January 12, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse
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Hey Kaneetra,

Do you feel foolish about your posting after CAREFULLY reading and finding out the U.S. Marshalls controlled the goods for sale? Keep reading the paper, I'm sure you will find more to bash the city about instead of helping it get where it should be... Perfect example of why the country is so screwed up, so many people quick to trash and berate.

Posted by: Just_An_Observer | January 12, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else see the ironic connection between a foolish and immoral thief of public resources and the empty-headed desire to collect handbags that have no inherent value other than the delusion of being in a "club" of people who can afford to own overpriced handbags?

I've never understood the ludicrous obsession that some people have with designer handbags. Someone please help me understand what the value is? Do they last way, way longer? Do they cure erectile dysfunction? Anybody?

Posted by: Buddydog | January 12, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

DC government employees...always so selfless, hardworking & principled. The handbag in the lower right hand corner looks very tacky. Hope the old bat has lots of fun in prison. You ruined your life for this?

Posted by: uncivil | January 12, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

She'll be out in less than five and the money is hidden.

At this point, does it matter?

DC's culture and legal system encourages and facilitates criminal lifestyles.

Posted by: eddiemacs | January 12, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

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