A Montgomery County woman pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday in connection with a tax refund embezzlement scheme run by former members of the District’s tax office.
Marilyn Yoon, 40, of Derwood, faces a possible 10 years in prison for her guilty plea to possession of more than $526,000. Federal authorities say the money came from at least $20 million stolen over seven years by workers in the city’s tax office.
Miss Walters is accused of directing a plot in which tax-office employees wrote and cashed fake property-tax refunds. Prosecutors say she used much of the money for shopping sprees, including $1.4 million at the high-end department store Neiman Marcus. Yoon later worked at Neiman Marcus in Tysons Cormer after leaving the Louis Vuitton store.
That check went through, and Yoon then wrote a $125,000 check to a plumbing company owned by Miss Walters‘ brother. Yoon used the remaining money to remodel her home and make a loan to a family member. The plea agreement states that she suspected the money from Miss Walters was the result of fraud but deposited it anyway.
As part of her plea deal in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Yoon must repay the $526,000 she received from Miss Walters. She also faces a possible $250,000 fine when she is sentenced in next month. Ten people were charged in the scheme. One of them, Harriette Walters‘ nephew Ricardo Walters, pleaded guilty earlier this month.