Harriette Walters

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Harriette Walters, shown in a photograph distributed to the media by the District of Columbia government

Harriette Walters served as a tax assessments manager for the District of Columbia. She was convicted of being the central participant in the largest fraud scheme ever perpetrated by a District of Columbia government official. According to those officials, she worked with others to fraudulently approve over $31 million in improper tax refunds, with some estimates nearing $50 million. In her office, she was referred to as "Mother Walters" for the loans and extravagant gifts with which she would shower her fellow employees and friends. Walters was arrested in November 2007.

From the Washington Examiner (June 30, 2009): 'Self-confessed tax scam mastermind Harriette Walters was led off to prison Tuesday, but not before warning a federal judge that the District’s finance office is still dangerously exposed to another massive rip-off.

“If you let me into my office, I guarantee I could get each of you a check.” Walters told prosecutors and federal Judge Emmett Sullivan before he sentenced her to 17-and-a-half years in prison.'