WINDSOR – State police carted off boxes of records from Windsor Town Hall yesterday morning at the request of the Attorney General’s Office.
Jane Young, chief of the Criminal Bureau, said the troopers were executing a search warrant obtained by the Attorney General’s Office to collect evidence in an ongoing investigation into accounting irregularities by the former tax collector, Beverly Hines.
Last year, the Department of Revenue Administration and the AG began investigating when a group of residents in town found serious discrepancies in the handwritten records kept by then-tax collector Hines.
The DRA ordered the town to hire an independent accounting firm to conduct an audit of the tax record. The audit conducted by Melanson Heath was released last month and revealed a number of accounting irregularities and an inconsistency in the application of interest and liens for overdue taxes.
In addition, an estimated $45,000 to $90,000 in collected revenues cannot be traced to bank deposits or otherwise accounted for.