OK, this lady operated an alteration business in a federal store and agreed to cut Uncle Sam in on a piece of the action. Then she told employees to run credit card charges without ringing them up as sales, so as to understate her income, a percentage of which was to go to the government.
Well, among the dumb things was telling employees and then leaving a paper trail. Credit cards do so.
However, as we have learned many times from private enterprises on public properties, its better to just charge rent and not link revenue to anyone's accounting of actual sales.
Also, why does the government need to operate department stores. There's a Wal-Mart nearby.
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