D.C. official indicted on bribery charges
A Washington D.C. tax official has been indicted in federal court on bribery charges, according to a Washington Examiner report.
Prosecutors say Shelly-Ann Wicker, an investigator for the Office of Tax and Revenue, took bribes from a Bethesda businessman in an “obscure” scheme to avoid paying D.C. sales taxes, the report said.
The businessman, John Craul, who runs a tax consulting firm, promised Wicker $2,000 for help in obtaining tax exemptions for his company worth tens of thousands of dollars, prosecutors said.
Craul denied involvement in any scheme. "I have never bribed anybody, and they don't have proof," he told the Examiner. "If Shelly did it, she did it on her own."
The pair has been indicted on 28 counts of bribery and forgery charges.
| June 10, 2010; 6:02 AM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, DC | Tags: crime, tax, washington dc
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