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The District may be out more than $20 million due to tax fraud, but at least it caught a break when Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr securities partner William McLucas volunteered to help the city look into the theft allegations at the Office of Tax and Revenue. McLucas says the firm decided to do the work free of charge after D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray and Councilman Jack Evans approached McLucas, saying the city could spend $200,000 for the probe. “I was quite candid with them that, for these kinds of reviews, you can’t do it on that kind of money,” says McLucas. He should know. The former enforcement chief at the SEC, who is co-chairman of Wilmer’s securities department, has completed internal reports on two of the highest-profile corporate debacles in American business history � Enron and WorldCom Inc. For the D.C. matter, McLucas called on Chris Simmons, the managing partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers, for auditing work. Harriette Walters, a midlevel manager at the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue, is accused of approving $20 million in fraudulent property tax refunds and sharing the spoils with family and friends. So far Walters and six others face federal charges. Working with McLucas on the matter is partner Stuart Delery, co-vice chairman of the securities practice, and appellate litigation partner Jon Neuchterlein.
Nathan Carlile can be contacted at [email protected].

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