Former Oxford Tax Collector Loses Pension

Karen Guillet was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The former tax collector of Oxford who was accused of embezzling more than $600,000 over her six years in office will not receive her pension.

Karen Guillet, 61, resigned from office after allegations of theft surfaced in December 2009. She has since pleaded guilty to a felony in July, according to the Attorney General.

She was expected to receive a pension of $1,814.33 per month, or $21,771.96 per year.

State Police said they received a complaint and Guillet became the subject of a two-year investigation into fabricating bank deposit slips and facilitating a complex check lapping scheme for many years.

Guillet was charged with one count of larceny, first degree, and six counts of forgery, first degree.

She pleaded guilty to one count of larceny in the first degree, according to court documents.

In addition to the pension revocation, Guillet has agreed to a court order that pension contributions she paid into the pension fund, without interest, will be applied to any restitution order entered in her pending criminal matter. That amount totals $19,198.66.

First Selectman Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers

said the town will receive a $100,000 insurance settlement after filing a claim against Guillet.

Dominick Thomas, Guillet's lawyer, told the Associated Press at the time that he saw no connection between the insurance company settlement and accusations against his client and said he does not know why the insurance company paid the money, but it would have no bearing on any court proceedings.

Guillet will be sentenced on Oct. 29.

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