Former D.C. Employee Sentenced In Tax Scheme

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former D.C. government employee has been sentenced to probation and community service for taking $1,800 in bribes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the bribes to Shelly-Ann Wicker were part of a scheme that cost the District of Columbia more than $106,000 in tax revenue.

Also sentenced Thursday was businessman John Craul of Frederick, Md., who pleaded guilty to paying Wicker to greenlight dozens of sales tax exemption forms for his clients. Wicker worked for the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue. She now lives in Homestead, Fla.

Wicker was sentenced to five years of probation and 200 hours of community service and ordered to pay back the $106,000 in lost tax revenue. Craul got three years of probation, 200 hours of community service and a $2,500 fine.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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