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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Tax employee charged with forgery

  • A woman who worked in the Tax Claim Bureau in Wayne County has been arrested and charged with theft and forgery.
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  • — A woman who worked in the Tax Claim Bureau in Wayne County has been arrested and charged with theft and forgery.
    Jeannie Brooks of Prompton was arrested Wednesday, according to Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards.
    She is accused of stealing more than $11,000 this year.
    Brooks no longer works for the county, according to a press release from the Wayne County Commissioners.
    She was charged with fraudulently receiving more than $11,000. Brooks was arraigned by Magistrate Ted Mikulak and bail was set at $50,000, unsecured.
    According to the release from the county commissioners, it says commissioners were "made aware" of "several accounting inconsistencies" in the Tax Claim office.
    It further states that an "internal investigation" about the transactions showed "questionable postings" and the information was presented to the office of the district attorney.
    Edwards said the investigation was "ongoing for a few months." She also said that "cash and money orders" were allegedly taken.
    The release from the DA's office alleges that while employed by the Tax Claim Bureau of Wayne County, Brooks "stole money there at various times throughout 2012 when it was received from Wayne County residents paying their taxes."
    In the summer of this year, the director of the Tax Claim Bureau "noticed that there was a discrepancy in the account of the Tax Claim Bureau. The amount of money that was received by the bureau did not match the amount of money that was deposited into their account."
    That, according to Edwards, led to further investigation "and produced numerous discrepancies in Tax Claim Bureau transactions."
    Edwards added that "all of the transactions in question" were received by Brooks while she was employed at the office.
    The press release from the county commissioners says that Brooks "is not currently employed by Wayne County."
    Edwards said she was not sure how long Brooks had worked for the office.
    The commissioner's release said: "No further comment will be issued due to the pending investigation."
    Edwards said Wednesday afternoon officials in the DA's office believe no further charges will be pending and the investigation is complete.
    "At this time, we believe we have found all discrepancies and the charges are complete," said Edwards.
    Brooks will have her next appearance in Central Court at 9 a.m. on Oct. 17.
    The case is being handled by Wayne County District Attorney Detective Peter Hower.

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