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Loose Lips Quotes of 2009: Harriette Walters

"If you put me back in there today, I could get each of you a check."

—tax scammer Harriette Walters, June 30

The greatest instance of municipal larceny in District history came to a quiet end this year with the sentencing of Walters, who led a ring that stole nearly $50 million from city tax coffers. Justice came for Walters in Judge Emmet Sullivan's federal courtroom, ending a string of pleas and sentences in the case discovered in 2007. But how much has changed since then? Natwar M. Gandhi, the man who oversaw the city tax office while Walters' scheme was absorbing enormous sums of taxpayer money, remains the District's chief financial officer. And Walters, while expressing deep regret and repentance upon receiving a sentence of 17-and-a-half years in prison, insisted in the above quotation that perhaps not all of the loopholes she opened have been closed.

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  • Wassup

    Hariette, they don't use checks any more, too messy. Please just leave cash in brown paper bags outside of Council offices.

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    Yep, Natwar Gandhi is another incompetent who keeps his job or gets promoted despite repeated failures. Do you sense a theme here? Catoe, Gandhi, Napolitano, McChrystal, Rummy, Brownie...

  • Slade

    Natwar Gandhi shoulda been let go for being oblivious to one of the biggest frauds in recent memory. It's the same old story with the DC government, where inept individuals continue to occupy important government positions.

  • Rick Mangus

    Hariette (Cooked Books) Walters, drives a Bently to work, parks in the Tax and Revenue Office garage, she wears $2,000.00 Neiman Marcus suits and no one asked any questions. Either she works with the blind or some pathetically dumb ass people!

  • WARD4NDC

    Is this woman Grace Jones moma? LOL

  • Korrupt

    Why does Natwar Ghandi still have his job!? Unbelievable.

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