Whitefield’s former tax collector has made good on her promise to return the remainder of the approximately $17,000 embezzled from town accounts.
Meeting Nov. 18, the Whitefield Board of Selectmen signed paperwork to open an account at Kennebec Savings in order to deposit a check the town received from Robin White for $11,323.21.
On Nov. 6, White voluntarily disclosed that she had misappropriated municipal funds and submitted a formal resignation with a promise to replace the remainder of the missing money – $6,000 of which had already been returned. Her most recent installment brings the total funds returned to Whitefield to $17,323.21.
Auditors are still in the process of reviewing town accounts to determine if any additional funds are missing from what White had self-disclosed. They recommended the creation of a separate account for White’s repayment until the accounts the money had been withdrawn from were identified. The accounts affected by the misappropriation have not yet been verified.
The selectmen said they hope to return the funds deposited at Kennebec Savings into the town coffers quickly. They, also, said they would be asking White to cover the legal and accounting fees that had accumulated due to the misappropriation at a later date.