Culture of silence

Probe: Massive control failures, ‘culture of silence,’ aided scam

Harriette Walters’ massive tax fraud scheme corrupted more than one-third of all city tax refund dollars during its peak years, and was aided by government officials who missed clear warning signs, a new investigation found.

Walters was also abetted by a “culture of silence” that was observed among co-workers, many of whom she had treated to cash or lavish gifts, according to the report by WilmerHale, the auditing firm tasked with the review by the D.C. Council.

When was the last time a whistle blower was promoted? The day that happens is the day fraud ends; not just in DC, but in the world.


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