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Former Oxford Tax Collector Interviewed by WTNH

Karen Guillet breaks her silence...sort of.

Former Oxford tax collector Karen Guillet spoke to WTNH News 8 on Wednesday when the ABC affiliate interviewed her for a story about a recently released delinquent tax list that shows more than $10 million is owed to the town.

Several people have complained, saying they actually paid but Guillet did not credit their accounts. Police say she didn't credit accounts so she could steal money from the town.

On Wednesday, WTNH went to Guillet's home at 2 Douglas Drive, and Guillet said she was sorry but had no other comment. It is believed to be the first time she said anything to a reporter since she was first accused of stealing from the town.

Guillet, 61, resigned amid allegations that she stole money, was recently charged with seven felonies following a two-year investigation. The most serious charge she faces, first-degree larceny, is a Class B felony punishable by between 1 and 20 years in prison or up to a $15,000 fine. She was also charged with six counts of first-degree forgery, a Class C felony punishable by between 1 and 10 years in prison or up to a $10,000 fine. She is currently free after posting 10 percent of a $100,000 bond.

The town has also filed a civil lawsuit against Guillet in which Oxford looks to recoup the money that is alleged to be stolen. That suit is pending.

Tush February 17, 2012 at 04:38 PM
There is no way that 10 million could be owed to the town. This 10 million includes late fees and interest on taxes that may have been paid. It is ludicrous to assume that this amount is owed. I am not upset that my name is on the list, but I am very surprised that it would be released to the public without first reviewing it. What a mess they created! One thing I don't understand is that when I paid my taxes in January, I specifically asked that they look at my account and make sure everything was up to date.... I was told it was. So why am I on this list?
J February 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM
The Waterbury papers release a list of names on a weekly basis. I say hats off to calling this out. I feel a lot of people are probably hiding behind the Karen Guillet embezzlement. Granted, I'm sure there are a few that have a leg to stand on, but $10M worth??? If you paid your taxes, you should have either a cancelled check, receipt for payment or be able to procure this information from your mortgage company. Bottom line, those that can prove payment, great, those that cannot----PAYUP!
Realist February 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Anyone paying bills should have a bill-pay service through their bank. That way you have a witness in the bank as to how much you paid and to whom. Wandering in with a handwritten check or a wad of bills is just foolishness. If you don't get proper credit for paying it's your own fault.
John M. Joy February 18, 2012 at 12:27 AM
(Heh - I can spam Patch, too!) ...which is all fine and dandy, but how is it accomplished any differently than the usual routine of letter, lien, auction? It STILL needs to go though that (very public) process. How has releasing a list of names which contained MANY, MANY NON-delinquent accounts falsely fingered served to do anything - contra that "Oxford Together" we've heard so much about - except generate ill-will in town? And, not to sound like Dick Burke or anything but... funny how I post under my real name, yet I'm battling a bunch of phantoms. Even funnier: I pull up some of their previous posts, and they're pro... how you say? Oxford Neo-Republican? George: if you would like me to shut up (and I'm betting you would), tell the Peanut Gallery to stuff a sock in it.
Beth February 18, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Tush, because the tax collector didn't update the list most likely to cover her thievery.,,,to confuse....so we really don't know who paid or who did not pay ...
Roc February 23, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Where can I find the official list?
Roc February 23, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Never mind. I found it.

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