Former Oxford Tax Collector's Case Moved

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

The former tax collector of Oxford accused of stealing more than a quarter million dollars over her six years in office faced a judge on Monday and her case was moved to a court that hears more serious cases.

Karen Guillet, 61, resigned from office after allegations of theft surfaced in December 2009.

State Police investigated for two years and Guillet is accused of 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.

On Monday, the judge ordered her case to be transferred to Part A in Milford, where more serious cases from that part of the state are heard.

Guillet said nothing as her attorney escorted her to her car after her court appearance.

"Right now I'm not making any comments about the case. I'm going to proceed along with the procedure in the case. I'll be talking to the state's attorney in Milford next week," her attorney, Dominick Thomas, said.

In October, First Selectman Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers said the town will receive a $100,000 insurance settlement after filing a claim against Guillet.

Thomas 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. 

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