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D.C. Tax Scam Followed Blueprint

POSTED: 11:47 AM ET, 09/17/2008 by The Editors
TAGS: D.C., taxes

Harriette M. Walters, who masterminded the theft of more than $48 million through the D.C. tax office, took her cue two decades ago from her co-workers, who stole refund checks and created phony property tax refunds, prosecutors revealed Tuesday.

Walters pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom to wire fraud, money laundering and other charges and could face 15 to 18 years in prison. Prosecutors also disclosed that Walters had distributed $1.2 million in checks and an unknown amount of cash to her fellow workers.

Nine others have also pleaded guilty in the case, the biggest embezzlement in D.C. government history. The $48.1 million figure released by prosecutors this week was more than double the amount they had earlier cited. Late last year, a Post analysis had put the figure at over $40 million.

By The Editors |  September 17, 2008; 11:47 AM ET D.C. Region
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