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Ex-D.C. Tax Worker Charged In $400K Scam

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More than $400,000 was stolen in a tax fraud scheme carried about my a former D.C. Tax Office employee, who now faces charges of wire fraud.

A former employee of the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue has been charged with stealing more than $400,000, according to AP. Mary Ayers-Zander is charged with wire fraud.

Prosecutors say in court documents that from 2007 to 2011 Ayers-Zander accessed taxpayer accounts and entered fraudulent changes that resulted in credits. The vast majority of the refunds the individuals were credited with went directly to Ayers-Zander's bank accounts, though she also issued refunds that went to other individuals.

Ayers-Zander was charged by information, which means she waived her right to be indicted by a federal grand jury, suggesting a plea deal is in the works.

Her attorney Peter Fayne declined to comment when reached by telephone today.

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