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Former tax collector to plead guilty to stealing $300,000

HARRISBURG, PA (WPMT)   In a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office former tax collector Melissa Ann Arnold, 46, of York, is expected to plead guilty t...
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HARRISBURG, PA (WPMT)   In a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office former tax collector Melissa Ann Arnold, 46, of York, is expected to plead guilty to stealing more than $300,000.

Court documents allege that during 2008 and 2009, Arnold stole more than $300,000 from tax payments made by citizens to Spring Garden Township, York County.  Arnold was the treasurer and tax collector for the township from 1995 until October 2009.

She was allegedly able to steal the tax payments because many of the checks were written out to her and, rather than deposit the checks into the Township’s account, she deposited them into her personal account.

York County submitted an insurance claim for the funds and received full repayment.  Arnold has entered into an agreement with the insurance company to pay back the full amount and has already paid part of the amount due.

Sentencing will be at a later date.  The plea deal is subject to approval by the judge in the case.  She faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison, a term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.