Former Central Township tax collector sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzling $1 million – CBS Pittsburgh

CENTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA/AP) — The former longtime Center Township tax collector has been sentenced to a year in prison for embezzling more than $1 million.

Aliquippa’s Jeanne Bowser was sentenced in federal court to 12 months and one day in prison followed by three years of probation. Bowser was convicted of wire fraud and filing false tax returns.

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Bowser had collected taxes for Center Township and the Central Valley School District for several decades before resigning in 2019 after an audit. The Beaver County District Attorney’s Office filed various charges against her the following year, but those charges were later withdrawn and the case was referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Beginning in 2011, Bowser wrote himself checks totaling $622,702 and deposited them into his own bank account, according to court documents. Starting in 2013, she collected an additional $405,496 in cash payments and also deposited them into her own bank account.

Bowser shuffled tax payments for the city so she had access to more money, prosecutors said, noting that she used school taxes to pay township taxes and vice versa. She also made false statements to tax authorities indicating that tax payments were being collected and remitted when they were not, prosecutors said.

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Esther L. Steinbach