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Washington’s thrown-on-the-lawn daily this morning reports that investigators are still looking for the beginnings of the $30 million tax-refund scam that has rocked the city in recent weeks. Earlier in the month, federal prosecutors charged tax-office hacks with routing property-tax refund checks to themselves via front companies. Though the fraud had intensified in recent years, it appears to extend as far back as 1999.
But it could go back much further. As the Examiner points out, the mastermind of the alleged plot, Harriette Walters, started in the tax office in 1981.
The paper also notes, with little in the way of attribution, that “a consensus” at City Hall is emerging that D.C. CFO Natwar Gandhi may have to go. Apparently that consensus doesn’t include Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher, who yesterday gave Gandhi a bit of a boost with this column.