Former Pa. tax collector gets prison for theft

Pennsylvania Council president fines council member.
Pennsylvania Council president fines council member.

BARNESVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A former township tax collector in eastern Pennsylvania has been sentenced to prison after admitting he stole nearly $400,000 in public money.

The Republican-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/11EL4ry ) 73-year-old William G. Wildoner was sentenced Wednesday to 18 to 60 months in state prison as part of a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition.

State police say he stole the money between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010, while he served as tax collector for Ryan Township. He held the position for 35 years before being arrested. Investigators say the thefts came to light in April 2011 when Wildoner told school district officials he had lost a tax deposit for more than $171,000.

Prosecutors and Wildoner’s lawyer declined comment after the hearing.

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Information from: Pottsville Republican and Herald, http://www.republicanherald.com

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