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Former Tax Collector to Decide on Plea Offer on July 31

Details of plea agreement for Karen Guillet not revealed in court. Sentinel reports she will decide on her next court date.

The state's attorney's office has made a plea offer to former Oxford tax collector Karen Guillet that could include her having to pay financial restitution.

The Valley Independent Sentinel reported Wednesday that Guillet appeared in Milford Superior Court for a pre-trial agreement and that Judge Richard Arnold would not reveal details of the settlement offer. The judge gave Guillet's attorney, Dominick Thomas, one last continuence to July 31, at which date Guillet must reveal whether she will accept or reject the state's offer. 

Guillet, 62, stands accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the tax office, where she served as the elected tax collector for 24 years.

She has been charged with six counts of first-degree forgery and one count of first-degree larceny following a two-year investigation by the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Squad, which accuses Guillet of stealing more than $240,000 from taxpayers. 

The town has filed a civil lawsuit, which is being held in abeyance until the criminal case is resolved, that says Guillet stole at least $670,000, although many believe it was more.

spells out exactly what Guillet used to money on. The affidavit does not describe a woman who was stealing the money for chairty or helping a sick relative; it describes someone who was simply greedy.

  • The affidavit discusses how Guillet’s bank and credit card statements show purchases for upscale shoes, trips to casinos and hotels, vacations worth thousands, two separate dog walkers – one of whom she paid $100 a day, deliveries of fresh flowers once a week, a cleaning lady and purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue, among other upscale stores.
  • The affidavit details how in 2007, she spent $9,437 in nine months at a spa and salon in Southbury; she spent $2,382 during a one-night stay at an upscale hotel in New Hampshire. She would frequently shop at upscale stores in Fairfield County and spend between $3,500 and $6,000 in one trip, the affidavit states.

Guillet's alleged theft has had far reaching effects in this small rural town of less than 13,000 people.

Thousands of people now show up on a  even though they paid their taxes on time and in full. Guillet did not credit their accounts so she could make it appear as if people just didn't pay their taxes, according to court documents and assertions by town officials.  

On top of a civil lawsuit, the town has filed a  with a Superior Court judge in an attempt to learn what it needs to do to remove people who paid from the delinquent list. 

Disgusted July 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM
It's disgusting how long this is taking. If this were anyone else, jail would have been the only option. Just plain BULL----!!!
Dad in Oxford July 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I hope our First Selectman will be in court that day to express his desire that no plea deal should be accepted by the court. He owes us that!
Hilltopharriet July 19, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I find it incomprehensible that Karen Guillet is being offered a plea bargain! She violated the public trust, which in my opinion is sacred! She should be appropiately punished without "choices"! She stole massive amounts of money from her "friends and neighbors" without conscience and obviously spent it on her "lavish lifestyle"! I, too, am totally disgusted not only with her dishonesty and betrayal, but also with the "system" for not taking swift action to severely penalize her for her actions!
Citizen X July 19, 2012 at 02:20 AM
It's normal that cases such as this take a long time to sort out, & it is also standard for plea bargains to be offered. I think people are confusing plea bargaining with going free. Just because there's a plea bargain doesn't mean that Karen will avoid jail time or avoid paying restitution. I doubt that she will like her options, & if the case goes to court & she's found guilty her punishment will be worse than what it would be with a plea bargain. But as I said, I doubt the deal will be a very attractive option, or she might have accepted it right away. The good news with a plea bargain is that this will not go on any longer. If it goes to trial, it's impossible to say how long it will go & how much more money (tax payers' money) it will cost to bring this to a conclusion. Looking forward to the 31st.
Oxford Resident July 19, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Someone should organize a posse, disgusted residents of Oxford, to go to court that day so they can look the thief in the eye and let her know that we are all watching. It can't be left to MaryAnn to be the only person who shows up for the court appearances. Oxford should show its presence and if the court allowed, Oxford residents should get their say to confront the thief!
Mar Pago July 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM
she should go to jail for 25 years...they shouldn't even give her a plea deal
Robert Williams July 19, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Good Afternoon, Our justice system, flawed as it may be, is still the best in the world, and these things take time. Its a complicated issue and people need to be patient with the process, justice will eventually come. I am confused though by your comment "if this were anyone else"? Its not like shes a high profile celebrity or of similar stature, shes just an average person.
Robert Williams July 19, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Well stated.
Tom From Oxford July 19, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Why not you be the organizer?
Dave July 19, 2012 at 06:31 PM
we can all meet at your house. What's the address?
Paul Singley July 19, 2012 at 06:47 PM
From Facebook: Tony Cuomo - A plea deal? What the hell is the prosecutor thinking. He should talk to the people of Oxford and see if they agree with that decision.
Oxford Resident July 19, 2012 at 10:10 PM
486 Oxford Road
RAK July 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Mr Williams, I think the point he is trying to make is that if the "average Joe" stole over 600K- The case would opened and closed (GUILTY) rather quickly with a boatload of time in prison. The thing that I find ironic is that she's paying Dominic with yours, his, mine, our childrens' and everybody elses money. I say at this point, no plea. Send it to trial. She put on a very good show. She always acted and presented herself in such a professional manner and she was always polite to me. That to me is malicious. She knew exactly what she was doing for over 20 years. I really don't see any difference between her and Bernie Madoff. Maybe they'll get adjoining cells.
Robert Williams July 20, 2012 at 01:29 AM
RAK, I still don't get the reference. She "is" an average Joe and is being treated by our justice system the same way anyone else would have, ceot maybe for a high profile celebrity or politician.
Cindy Mac July 21, 2012 at 01:49 PM
What if Oxford taxpayers bombarded the Milford Courthouse with letters and impact statements addressed to Superior Court Judge Richard Arnold to express their opinions about the Karen Guilet case. In addition to full restitution to the Town of Oxford, she should, at the very least, serve one year in jail for every year she was Tax Collector -- and I don't mean the "federal country club in Danbury". Superior Court Judge Richard Arnold J.D. & G.A. 22 Courthouse 14 West River St., P.O. Box 210 Milford, CT 06460
sean July 23, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Absolutely!!! Her plea most definitely include jail time (I say five years, allrestitution including her home and five yrs probation) the state has her by the short and curlys their just trying to save the 100gs that a trial will cost. Shed be stupid not to take the plea

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