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Sun May 26, 2019, 01:41 AM

Four arrested in alleged bribery scheme at D.C. tax office

Four men have been arrested on charges stemming from alleged bribery schemes within the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue, authorities announced Thursday.

A federal grand jury last week returned a sealed indictment alleging three of the men ó including a former city tax official and a former employee of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs ó engaged in a conspiracy to reduce a businessís tax liabilities. In a separate indictment, a fourth suspect was alleged to have sought to broker bribes of a tax official on behalf of business owners.

Vincent Slater, 41, of Temple Hills, Md.; Anthony Merritt, 44, of the District; and Andre de Moya, 46, of Brookeville, Md., were arrested Wednesday and each charged with counts of conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud, according to the D.C. inspector generalís office.

Slater, a former supervisor in the Office of Tax and Revenue, was accused of arranging for bribe payments with the help of Merritt, who worked at DCRA, the inspector generalís office said. Prosecutors say he then eliminated the tax liabilities of businesses owned by de Moya and others.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/four-arrested-in-alleged-bribery-scheme-at-dc-tax-office/2019/05/23/447e752c-7d92-11e9-8ede-f4abf521ef17_story.html

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