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D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi’s woes are mounting since federal prosecutors announced on Nov. 7 that, under Gandhi’s watch, two tax office employees fleeced the city of more than $20 million using bogus tax refund checks — an amount that continues to rise. Although he still has the support of Mayor Adrian Fenty, Gandhi is seeking reassurance from another source: former U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin. Sporkin, 75, former director of the Enforcement Division at the Securities and Exchange Commission, will advise Gandhi throughout the probe. Reached in Germany, where he was dealing with a client matter, Sporkin said he is helping Gandhi “strictly as a friend, no remuneration.” The two met while Sporkin was working at the SEC. Calling Gandhi “a man of tremendous integrity,” Sporkin said, “I love what he’s done for this city.” Sporkin, who recently left Weil, Gotshal & Manges to start his own practice, has been out of the country since the theft was revealed. He said he has discussed the matter with Gandhi by phone but would not elaborate on the substance of those discussions. Gandhi could not be reached for comment. As a former general counsel of the CIA, ombudsman for British Petroleum, and 14-year veteran of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Sporkin is well versed in many kinds of crisis management.
Joe Palazzolo can be contacted at [email protected].

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