Former Oxford Tax Collector Pleads Guilty

Karen Guillet faces up to 12 years on the charge that she stole several hundred thousand dollars from the town.

Guilty. That was the plea Karen Guillet entered this morning before Milford Superior Court Judge Richard Arnold.

The 63-year-old stands accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Town of Oxford, where she served as tax collector for 24 years. The charge to which she pleaded guilty is first-degree larceny.

The state attorney's office is recommending that Guillet serve 12 years in prison with a possible suspension after five years served. They are also asking for her to pay restitution to the Town of Oxford in the amount of $242,903.

Guillet stood before Judge Arnold flanked by her husband, Nil Guillet, as several reporters and tax collectors from other towns looked on in anticipation of the plea in this closely watched case. Oxford First Selectman George Temple was also in attendance.

Dominick Thomas, Guillet's attorney, can argue for a lesser punishment when the parties return to court on Oct. 29 for sentencing.

This story was reported by Paul Singley and written by Gary Jeanfaivre.

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Joe Blow July 31, 2012 at 04:25 PM
It's about time. I hope she does the full 12 years and her husband, who supposedly didn't know what was going on (ya sure, lol) pays up the money.
Tush July 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
OCTOBER 29 ?????????? !!!!!!!!!
Paul Singley July 31, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Oct. 29 is correct. The state needs 90 days to complete a pre-sentencing investigation.
Alice S. July 31, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Just wondering when the town hall will take responsibility as well. Come on, no one knew money was missing all these years. Very poor system in place. They should have had all the proper checks and balances in place all these years and this probably would have never happened.
pa July 31, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I completely agree and wonder that myself.....all those years, come on. I think if they did follow procedures, too many people would have been uncovered.....I think there were far too many people, across the years, that were getting just what she did....if they have checks and balances in place as they say they do, then it is the worse run business ever.....
Edmund Lubowiecki July 31, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I wonder if she is a scapegoat for several Town Hall employees who had their finger in the pot? I have to agree with the above comment that it seems impossible that this could have gone on for so many years. Someone was covering up for someone else. I feel she should be given slack if she cooperates with the police concerning her affiliates; even if the only other affiliate is her husband.
Realist July 31, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Even a day in jail is an enormous comedown for someone who became accustomed to a lavish lifestyle at the taxpayers' expense. Whether you believe it or not, this woman is whipped and, for years, didn't see it coming. .
Citizen X July 31, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I wonder if she will wear her Prada glasses in prison. I bet she can trade them for a few packs of smokes.
Harriet July 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I stand by my opinion that she was too greedy and too smart to have included any other employees or anyone else in her scheme. Unfortunately, relative to checks and balances, even the auditors were duped year after year! She absolutely knew her way around the system. Such a monumental waste of talent!
Sue smith July 31, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I believe as the years went on it got easier to take the money because she wasn't getting caught. Okay- what about the firms who did the towns financial audit. Why didn't they catch this. And the town treasurer, was that person blind. I'd find out who Did the audits & start checking on them also A tax payer- I think!!!
citizen kane August 01, 2012 at 10:44 AM
The restitution of $242,903 will not only hurt the pocketbook of Karen but the Guillet family as well. But it is not enough for the damages done. I believe the family as a whole did well in business and life with our tax dollars stolen by Karen. My question now is will the Town of Oxford continue to seek monetary compensation from the assets of Karen with its civil suit? All of us know that the $250K dollars she stands accused of is an extremely under stated amount. We all know that Karen led a good life on us; but didn’t the family as a whole profit from this as well? I for one feel that civil suit should continue and the Town should seek its due.
Joeseph Biff August 01, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Throw the book at this criminal! Mandatory 12 years. I thought she embezzled over $600,000 ? Take her house,car,and what ever else she owns until full restitution is made .
Bonnie August 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I say the same, make her sell everything down to her underwear, those she probably paid big money for as well! Take her house, let her go live in the projects somewhere once she's out! We don't want her nor her family in Oxford, I don't anyways! I wish I were a fly on the wall when she goes to prison, she's not going to get away with that "I'm better that you" attitude! I hope she meets up with Big Bertha! She doesn't seem to have any remorse for what she did, I'm also sure she's spending every last dime between now and October. Does anyone know what's in her or her husbands bank acct and is/are they frozen?
Lori August 01, 2012 at 06:38 PM
We have lived in Oxford 18 years. I used to get billed two times a year for property taxes, then yearly. I wonder about this. Did she over bill or double bill tax payers? Then pocket it? Maybe that is why she got away with it. Do the taxpayers need to be paid back if they/we overpaid?
Judi Bushway August 02, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I knew Karen & Nil before they moved to Oxford, and would have NEVER guessed that something like this would have happened. I feel sorry for her children. I'm surprised though that the town did not audit the Tax Collector every 6 months or once a year?? Or were the auditors town folks also?
Tina August 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM
her children got a lot of that money to,they r just as guilty,that nice house corey built on chestnut tree hill rd.,mommy paid for a lot of that cause according to neil he had no money to build a big ole home!
Judi Bushway August 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM
OK, I didn't know that.
Tina August 19, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Tina August 19, 2012 at 06:03 AM
And that shop that they have to store their brand new machines that they share with sloth electric, mommy paid for most of the building and machines to, it's located in the beacon falls industry park.


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