Former Pa. tax collector sentenced for theft

MOHNTON, Pa. (AP) — A former tax collector in a small eastern Pennsylvania borough has been sentenced to three years of probation for stealing $19,000 in public money.

The Reading Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1bCN8CM ) a Berks County judge also has ordered 33-year-old Jodie Mae Keller to repay the money to the borough of Mohnton. She pleaded guilty to the thefts, which happened between July and Jan. 15.

Investigators say Keller admitted taking cash from the account to pay credit card bills, groceries and a car loan.

Assistant District Attorney Colleen Dugan says Keller has accepted responsibility from the beginning, but that the borough needs the money back soon. Solicitor John Hoffert says officials weren’t seeking jail time, but need the funds for public services.

Keller has been replaced as tax collector by a borough secretary.

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Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/

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