Report: Plea Offer to Former Embezzling Tax Collector Includes Jail Time

The state's offer to former Oxford official Karen Guillet includes time behind bars, Sentinel reports. She must accept or reject the offer on Tuesday.

The Valley Independent Sentinel is reporting today that its unnamed sources tell them a plea deal offered to former Oxford tax collector includes jail time, as well as Guillet having to pay some form of restitution.

The online only news organization reports that sources close to the criminal case won't say how much jail time the state has offered Guillet in a plea bargain offer, but that jail time is certainly part of the equation.

Guillet, 62, is 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.

State prosecutors have that she must respond to by her next court date on Tuesday, July 31, when she will appear at Milford Superior Court at 10 a.m.

The town has also 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.

First Selectman George Temple, who is also an attorney, told the Sentinel that he knows the details of the plea bargain agreement but would not reveal them as he did not believe it was proper. He did say "it's not a slap on the wrist."

Oxford Patch could not immediately reach Temple for comment Friday morning. We will update the article if we hear back from him.

Read the full story on the Valley Independent Sentinel here. 

citizen kane July 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM
A plea deal on any less then 10 years jail time would be a "Shame On Us" scenario. After all she lived the good life for 24 years.
citizen kane July 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Does jail time mean that if Karen takes the deal she'll be taken away in cuffs Tuesday?
zoar's monster July 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I'm not surprised. Nobody gets away with what she did for so long w/o sharing the largesse with a variety of past and current Oxford officials. The plan now is for her to fall on a blunted sword so there's no trial and no investigation into the connections with others. Don't be astounded if there's a little slush fund awaiting her upon her release.
Tina July 29, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I agree w Kane
pa July 29, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I agree.....there were others, many others who were getting "theirs"....
Harriet July 30, 2012 at 01:17 AM
She was acting on her own. Too greedy to "share"!
Harriet July 30, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Zoar's Monster's remarks are inflammatory and insulting to the many honest, sincere citizens who have served Oxford in public office. If others were "sharing" in her "largesse", don't you think someone would have "let the cat out of the bag"? Not only was she too greedy to share, but also too smart!
Citizen X July 30, 2012 at 09:57 AM
It is certainly possible that only Karen, presuming she is guilty, knew what was going on. But it is equally plausible that in an office that size, for the amount of time that this was happening, that others at least strongly suspected what was going on. You don't have to look any further than Penn State for a recent example of an administration of 'many honest, sincere citizens' who aided & abetted a criminal. At the moment, it appears that, if proven guilty, the former tax collector was acting alone. But I hardly find the remarks inflammatory & insulting, but rather a statement of an obvious possibility. The alleged crime simply went on for too long, involved too much money, & was perpetrated in a very high level & high profile position to at least not be suspicious of how it all came together. I am hoping that it was a rogue employee acting on her own, assuming again that she is found guilty, but one would have to at least ask the questions & keep an open mind about who was at fault. While the fault lies entirely with those who are responsible for the missing tax money, I still have to wonder how this went on for so long with so few checks & balances in place. At least at Penn State, if you read the report, Joe Paterno reported what he'd heard to his superiors. In Oxford, this did not happen until the end of what sounds like a very long list of criminal acts.
Ed Rowland July 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM
We shall see what happens today.If this in fact it went on for 20 plus years we will never really know how much money was taken.Once the actions of today are made known there will be the civil suit and the possibility of federal action.It is an ugly situation that spanned several administrations.


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