While a jail term handed down yesterday addressed one big problem at the District's tax and revenue office, other problems may remain, according to Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large).
Catania's partner received an income tax refund for $10. Not much, but Brian Kearney actually owed money. And a constituent contacted Catania's office about a $2,886 check incorrectly sent to him.
So just how many of these errant refunds were distributed, and how many have been returned?
David Umansky, a spokesman for Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, said the office is looking into the matter, which was brought to its attention last week by Catania.
"I don't know the scope of the problem, but something is not right," Catania said. "This is a wakeup call."
People could be cashing the checks, he said. "In this environment, it can be very tempting."
-- Nikita Stewart