Town tax collector placed on leave

Town Manager Robert Lee said the town’s Tax Collector, Debra Guerrette, had been placed on administrative leave recently, after Bristol police informed him of a criminal investigation taking place involving her.

Bristol police are taking on the investigation since that is “where the improprieties occurred,” Lee said, and has nothing to do with the town of Plainville. Lee said it was confirmed by the association’s attorney that Guerrette, who served as the association’s treasurer, was under investigation for possible embezzlement of money from the Tax Collectors Association. Lee said she was placed on paid administrative leave because these were only allegations at this point.

“No charges have been made, it is just the beginning of the investigation,” he said, adding that he is looking into meeting with an accountant to make sure the town is still in good standing, just as a precautionary measure.

“We feel we have a lot of safeguards,” regarding tax payments, as most payments are in the form of check or credit card. “There’s very little cash, but we have to do our due diligence to make sure everything is being done properly on our side.”

He said the town is not able to take any definitive actions at this point on its employee, because these are just allegations of wrongdoing. Lee added that there isn’t a timeline of the process.

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