Massachusetts readers may be interested in the effect of a 2007 incident of tax fraud worth $48 million, which led Washington, D.C., to implement "enhanced control techniques" intended to detect any fraudulent tax-related activity in the future. These measures recently played a part in the discovery of a four-year tax refund scheme enacted by a tax examiner who worked for the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (DCOTR). The incident resulted in more than $400,000 essentially stolen from taxpayers. The 47-year old woman who was charged recently pled guilty to wire fraud in a Washington, D.C., federal court.
For many homeowners, information about their delinquent property taxes is kept anonymous from the public eye; or at least not easily obtainable. However, homeowners in Weymouth, Massachusetts, who are delinquent on their taxes or have had a tax lien placed against their property will soon be losing their anonymity.