Posts Tagged ‘Nat Gandhi’

Yacht Club

Last month, Bethesda attorney Gary Silversmith had a problem with his boat, the Sequoia. The nine-decades-old yacht was en route to D.C. after spending the winter in Norfolk, Va., but had nowhere to stay.
The District government, which owns the Gangplank Marina where the Sequoia was headed, decided in February not to allow the Sequoia to [...]

Nat Gandhi to Resign

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Nat Gandhi says he's retiring June 1 for purely personal reasons. The surprise announcement comes only a few months after the city's top accountant threw a party to celebrate his third reappointment. It also comes amid two separate FBI probes of the CFO's office, including one focusing on the city's lucrative lottery [...]

Jim Graham Not So Good At Reporting Possible Illegal Activity

Councilmember Jim Graham certainly ain't no snitch.
In 2009, his then-chief of staff Ted Loza dropped an envelope on Graham's desk at the Wilson Building filled with $2,600 in cash from a taxi lobbyist working undercover for the FBI. Graham turned the money down and would later say he thought the offer was "radioactive" at the [...]

More Weird Details on Lottery Contract

The Washington Post editorial page is first out with new details of a hitherto-confidential investigation into the messy world of the D.C. Lottery contract. The investigation, conducted by the District Chief Financial Officer's top watchdog back in 2008, has been walled off from public view by a protective order in the wrongful termination lawsuit brought [...]

Feds: Tax Office Employee Ripped Off City for $300,000

An employee in the city's beleaguered tax office helped file 282 fraudulent District tax returns that produced more than $300,000 in fraudulent local tax refunds, the U.S. Attorney's Office says in recent court filings.
Kimberle Davis was a full-time "control technician" at the Office of Tax and Revenue while also maintaining a part-time second job in [...]

Metro Report Dings Jim Graham

An independent investigation commissioned by the Metro board of directors has found that Ward 1Councilmember Jim Graham violated Metro's code of conduct when he served on the board.
The investigation, done by private law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, says Graham, former chairman of the Metro board, broke Metro rules in two ways. One: Graham created [...]

CFO Hearing, Round 1

A D.C. Council panel's probe into Chief Financial Officer Nat Gandhi's tax office is on a five-hour pause while the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs. When they return, Gandhi will have a chance to defend himself after taking some shots this morning from several councilmembers who [...]

Gandhi to Celebrate Reappointment in Style

CFO Nat Gandhi, whose office being looked at by two separate FBI investigations, plans to celebrate his reappointment to a third term in style this evening at the private Metropolitan Club.
Gandhi is hosting a "wine and cheese reception" at the tony club, whose list of rules looks pretty strict.
For gentlemen this means the wearing of [...]

House Oversight Committee Probing Gandhi, Former Employees Say

The U.S. House committee tasked with oversight of the District government is taking a close look at the D.C. Chief Financial Officer Nat Gandhi's office, according to former OCFO employees.
The attorney for Eric Payne, the former contracting officer who has sued the city over allegations that he was fired for resisting political pressure over the [...]

CFO Hits Back at Post Story

The city's Office of the Chief Financial Officer is pushing back against today's big investigative story in the Post, which found that officials in the CFO's office have "knocked $2.6 billion off the taxable value of commercial properties."
City officials have settled with developers over the tax bills on more than 500 commercial properties this year, which [...]