September 16, 2019
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Ex-Westbrook tax collector admits embezzling $118,000

PORTLAND, Maine — A former Westbrook tax collector waived indictment and pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to embezzling funds from her former employer.

Ann Marie Williams, 62, of Saco admitted to stealing about $118,000 in cash receipts, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Williams is free on $10,000 unsecured bail, Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Murphy said after the hearing.

The theft became public in June when Westbrook Mayor Colleen Hilton announced a city employee had been fired after allegedly skimming money from cash deposits between July 2015 and April. Hilton said the FBI was investigating.

Information on how Williams spent the money has not been made public.

She faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. She is expected to be ordered to pay restitution.

Williams is the second tax collector this year to be convicted of embezzling money from a municipality.

A Somerset County jury found Claudia Viles, 66, of Anson guilty in June of stealing more than $500,000 in excise tax money between 2009 and 2014. She was sentenced earlier this month to five years in prison and ordered to pay restitution.

Viles remains free on bail pending an appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

 



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