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The $48 Million Scam

Harriette Walters, the former city employee who pleaded guilty yesterday in the D.C. tax scam, created 237 fraudulent property tax refunds and shared the proceeds with friends and family members who joined her in the crimes. The scam started on a relatively small scale, but the illegal gains grew as Walters and others refined their techniques.


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