There has been one guilty plea from Emily Pravata, the former tax collector of Manns Choice Borough , as a result of the investigation. Another former tax collector, Colleen Peake of Rainsburg Borough was in court yesterday to be arraigned on charges of theft and failure to make a disposition of funds.
The Bedford County District Attorney, Bill Higgins, says a problem with state regulations may have allowed the missing funds to go undiscovered for some time.
"On of the problems is the lack of real over sight over those accounts. The tax collector is charged with collecting the money and on a certain date turing it over. There is really no way the check and balance when the individual taxpayers paid, when when that money was turned over to the county or the school district."
Higgins says there are nearly forty locally elected tax collectors in Bedford County. He says almost all of those local officials do their jobs well and keep accurate financial records.
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