Sunday, November 11, 2007

Stocks and pillory

Residents of DC have been reading with horrified fascination the story of Harriette Walters, the mid-level manager in the property tax division, who along with others, stole at least $20 million from city coffers.

The Washington Post's most recent story discloses the most shocking and mortifying nugget about this most sorry affair. As much as 20 percent of the property tax refunds last year went to Walters' criminal enterprise. That's $1 out of every $5 in property tax refunds, folks.

It's times like these that you think the old Puritans might have had the right idea with stocks and pillory. I'd like to lob a few rotten tomatoes at this woman and her cohorts.

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