Harriette Walters: 28 Trips to Vegas, 13 to Atlantic City
Harriette Walters, the mastermind of the D.C. Tax Office embezzlement scandal, pleaded guilty in federal court, reports Post staffer Del Quentin Wilber, to stealing $48.1 million in public money over two decades. She could get between 15 and 18 years in prison under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
In court papers, prosecutors revealed new details of how large Walters lived before she got caught. To wit:
* Walters wrote at least 236 fraudulent property tax refund checks from 1989 through 2007, when the scam was uncovered, stealing $48.1 million.
* She doled out gifts, cash and checks to her co-workers. She wrote them $1.2 million in checks alone between 2001 and 2007.
* She made 28 trips to Las Vegas, where she paid for a friend's wedding in 2006, visited Atlantic City 13 times, and financed a family vacation to Paris in August 2005.
* She charged more than $2.3 million on credit card purchases at high-end department stores, such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.
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