DC Tax employees help themselves to $20M

Two employees of the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue in charge of tax refunds had been issuing illegal checks amounting to $20 million for the past six years that were cashed by friends and family.

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Harriette Walters, pictured above with her attorney, Peter Ziedenberg, appeared before Magistrate Judge Alan Kay yesterday. Walters, an $81,000 a year tax assessment manager, was wearing a red, over-sizedĀ  Atlanta “Hard Rock Cafe” sweatshirt – probably not one of the $1.4 million worth of items she purchased at Neiman Marcus.

Also charged is Diane Gustus, seen below with her attorney A. Scott Bolden, a co-worker of Walters.

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Washington Post story here.

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