Ex-Blandford tax collector arraigned in $150K embezzlement case

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A former tax collector for the Town of Blandford was arraigned at Hampden Superior Court in Springfield on Thursday.

LeeAnn Thompson served as tax collector from 2002 to 2011, and was indicted in connection with allegedly stealing money from taxpayers and the town.

She is accused of stealing more than $150,000 from 2006 to 2011. Attorney General Maura Healey’s office says Thompson allegedly took taxpayer cash payments without depositing them into the town bank account, and would cover up the thefts by using other taxpayer money.

Thompson is being charged with:

  • Embezzlement by a public officer
  • Larceny over $250
  • Use of an official position to secure an unwarranted privilege

Healey said the scheme was discovered when the town’s new tax collector requested a turn over report to account for the missing money.

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