Former Plainville tax collector arrested for larceny

The former tax collector of Plainville, who is also former treasurer of the Connecticut Tax Collectors Association, was arrested Monday morning and charged with first degree larceny, after being under investigation for possible embezzlement since June.
Debra Guerrette, of Bristol, was placed on administrative leave from Plainville’s Revenue office in June after Bristol police informed the town Guerrette was involved in a criminal investigation.
After an analysis of the financial records for the Connecticut Tax Collectors Association, and also Guerrette’s financial records, police said she had “misappropriated funds in excess of $50,000” between 2008 and 2013, into her personal account.
Guerrette, of Bristol, was arrested Monday morning and charged with first degree larceny and held on a $25,000 bond pending a court appearance.
Plainville hired a new revenue collector in October. Town Manager Robert Lee said at a meeting in June he would have the towns finances looked into to search for anything out of the ordinary, however he had told the Town Council the town has many safeguards in place regarding tax payments, as most payments are in the form of check or credit card and very little cash goes through the office.