A former District of Columbia tax office manager has pleaded guilty to running a scam that resulted in nearly $50 million in fake property tax refund checks being issued to her and her associates.

Harriette Walters, 51, faces up to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and other charges, according to The Washington Post. She allegedly masterminded a scheme that went undetected by auditors at the tax office for nearly two decades. Walters gave lavish gifts to other employees in the district government tax office to help cover up the scam. Ten other defendants have already pleaded guilty.

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