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State to Offer Guillet a Plea Deal

Former Oxford tax collector will learn the details of the plea offer on July 18.

Former tax collector is expected to be offered a plea bargain agreement at her next court date, July 18, her attorney told the Valley Independent Sentinel on Thursday. Her attorney, Dominick Thomas, refused to release details of the agreement with the online newspaper and said he hasn't seen the official offer.

“We had some discussions in (the judge’s) chambers (today)," Thomas told the Sentinel Thursday, adding that he's not yet certain Guillet will accept the plea deal. "We went back and forth and discussed various positions we had."

Guillet, 62, is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the tax office in Oxford where she served in the elected position for more than 20 years. 

Following a two-year investigation, the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Squad with six counts of first-degree forgery and one count of first-degree larceny. State police, in an affidavit, stated Guillet stole a little more than $240,000 from taxpayers. However, the town has also filed a civil lawsuit against Guillet contending that an investigation by a committee of local officials found that she stole at least $670,000. Some officials believe she stole more. The civil case is being held in abeyance until the criminal case is resolved. 

In another new development in the case, the town has discovered a document that officials believe helps further explain how Guillet hid a lot of tax receipts to cover up her elaborate stealing scheme. The Board of Selectmen was expected to discuss the document with the public at its meeting Wednesday night, but the discussion was tabled because Oxford Finance Director Jim Hliva was not at the meeting to discuss the document in detail.

Thousands of people in town - some of whom no longer live in Oxford and some of whom are deceased - show up on a even though they paid their taxes on time and in full. The reason town documents show that they are delinquent is because Guillet did not credit their accounts so she could make it appear as if people just didn't pay their taxes; she could then steal without anyone noticing, First Selectman George Temple has said.

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. 

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Joe Blow June 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Throw her in jail!!!
CMG June 07, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Throw her in jail and let her rot there for the rest of her life!!!!
commoner June 07, 2012 at 07:51 PM
As I have stated my in the past my opinion is, Karen will get probation (no jail time) and restitution of minimal ($5/10 a week) payback. She will claim illness and no income to get the minimum sentence. She will be allowed to keep her 1/2 of everything they have. Rumor has it shes selling assets to look poorer. Isn't America a beautiful place? It cost me an extra $20 for a permit to get into Jacksons Cove, $60 permit to launch my boat ( which the town taxes me for) While taxing me thru personal property taxes to the tune of $8458 yr. so we can have parks and maintaining them for the publics use. If I didn't by the passes and crashed the gate, I would be arrested, convicted, spend time in jail and pay a heavy fine for being a honest nobody. But because she was the Tax Collector for 24 years, she deserves a break? I hope I get to use the cove before I'm told someone has stolen the money and my permits are no good. Maybe it's time to run for political office as graft and corruption seems to be the American way to get rewarded today.
Mongo June 07, 2012 at 09:30 PM
That thief should be put in jail for 25 to 30 years.Her family should be forced to sell their assetts to recoup what she stole from the Town for 24 years.Maybe with the state law that changed recently the Town can keep her from getting her Town pension and retirement.
Dave June 08, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Agreed they took away Salibury embezzler Lori Tomkins under the 2008 law after her conviction. Karen should be #2! Go for it Oxford (Republican American 6-4-2012) Embezzlers like Karen should not be rewarded from their dirty deeds.
Joe Blow June 08, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Unfortunately, I think you're correct and I feel your pain as well (to an even larger degree). Does anybody really believe her husband did not know where this extra "income" was coming from?
OxfordGOP June 08, 2012 at 01:04 AM
George Temple, as a lawyer and our First Selectman, please fight for our town and ask the state to offer her a plea deal. You are a lawyer, can't you fight for justice for Oxford and persuade the state to not do this to us?
MOM June 08, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Anything less than jail time is unacceptable! Where's the petition???
Citizen X June 08, 2012 at 06:52 AM
A plea bargain doesn't mean that she goes free. It could involve a number of things, including jail time, but most importantly would mean she'd plead guilty (no way out of that). Assuming she pleads guilty to the/a felony charge, that would mean jail time, a fine, & the joy of being a convicted felon for the rest of her life. Her attorney has said that she may not accept the deal, which would be interesting. If she's leaning toward not accepting it, then obviously it's not an easy way out of this for her. If it goes to court, I think it ends worse for her. Either way, I wouldn't be overly concerned that she's going to get off lightly. I could be wrong, but I don't think so.
Bonnie June 08, 2012 at 11:34 AM
I say feed her to the wolves! I think we all know that she's going to get away with it, she'll pay a fine and get probation! This is why people steal from their jobs, they know the punishment doesn't fit the crime. I just had an employee that was asst manager that I caught not ringing sales. I had to fire her, she was taking approx $100 every 6 hour shift. Can I press charges? NO! It wasn't enough on a single occurance for the PD to issue a warrant. I'm sure she will move on to her next job and do the same, she will not use us as a reference because she knows I wouldn't give her a very good one! The poor business that hires her will also get screwed. I know it's pennies compared to the amount that was taken from our town but it was still a lot for someone that was being paid well. I guess there's dishonest people everywhere! My 12 yr old daughter says to lock up Karen and give the key to an alligator!!!
ECasey June 08, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I don’t know how she stood in front of the parishioners at St Thomas Church every Sunday to read the gospel; as if she were an angel ha! No one is perfect but stealing from your friends, neighbors, employer and the whole community is disgraceful. It makes me sick to know that I once thought highly of her. Lock her up, and if the town doesn’t press for jail time, don’t come to the taxpayers crying poor.
Beth June 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
unfortunately, the money she stole is most likely shifted to someone else, family, her attorney fees, etc....what do you think she obtained all of her material wealth with??? Oxford Tax payers hard earned money. We scraped and scratched for everythin we own never taking a dime from anyone...Yes, her pension should be taken away at the very least...and she should pay pack every dime and also see jail time...I certainly hope that Temple as an attorney can seek ways to get our money back and add more jail time with the civil suit once the criminal suit has ended..
Tush June 08, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Even Martha Stewart got jail time!
Betty Ippolito June 09, 2012 at 11:05 AM
The Ct. Post article quoted Karen's attorney Dominick Thomas saying, "Its been very difficult on her." Well, Mr Thomas, its been very difficult for everyone in our town. I still have not heard any apology from Karen and as far as I'm concerned she should stand up in front of our Town Hall and address every tax payer, apologies to all and tell us "WHY". At least give us that much.
Craig Zac June 14, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Put her in a dog costume and make her doggy walk up and down the beach at jacksons Cove untill she's attacked by a roving gang of Newfies....
don pelletier September 27, 2012 at 04:53 PM
the petition is at sam`s smoke shop,rt 67

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