Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tab in Scam At Tax Office In D.C. Nears $50 Million -

Helping the poor (friends and family):

"Federal authorities think that nearly $50 million was stolen in an embezzlement scheme run out of the D.C. tax office, more than double the amount they had previously uncovered, four sources close to the investigation said.

The corruption at the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue went undetected much longer than initially thought, the sources said, extending back almost 20 years. In addition to tracking the missing money, authorities are looking into gifts suspected of being provided to co-workers and others by the woman accused of leading the scam, former tax office manager Harriette Walters."

You wouldn't think such things are possible would you?

The higher the official theft total, the greater the potential penalty faced by Walters and the nine other people charged in the case.

Of course these people will not be in a position to repay the missing funds, guess who will.

Authorities are scrutinizing the activities of at least 40 people who have not been charged and are trying to determine whether they received things of value or were involved in financial transactions with those accused of being conspirators, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Post. Those people are largely city employees who signed off on refund paperwork and others who received the gifts in question.

Not to mention all those who suspected such schemes were underway and started their own similar operations.

What makes us thing that big government will work any better here than it has anywhere else?


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