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D.C. government employee guilty of stealing $114,000

Catyondia Ballard, 48, a former employee of the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue, pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of stealing over $100,000 from the bank of a retired military member. According to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ballard used her position to become familiar with the victim and gained access to the victim's personal biographical and bank information.

The District of Columbia Office of the Inspector General investigated the matter and discovered that from March 2007 through April 2010, Ballard wired $114,166 from the victim's account to her personal bank account. She used the money to pay off her mortgage.

Under the plea agreement, Ballard must pay restitution and is subject to fines of up to $40,000 and a forfeiture money judgment. She faces between 15-21 months in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced August 22, 2014.

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