Local tax collector admits to stealing over $600K from taxpayers, police say

Local tax collector admits to stealing over $600K from taxpayers, police say

CENTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A local tax collector is accused of stealing over $500,000 in taxpayer money in Center Township over the course of almost a decade.

Jeanne Bowser has been the Center Township-Beaver County tax collector since 1996. She also collected tax revenue for the Central Valley School District.

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Police said a routine district audit in October 2019 uncovered “irregularities.” Bowser immediately resigned, and state police began investigating.

Months later, authorities arrested Bowser and charged her with theft.

According to a police criminal complaint, Bowser admitted to stealing the money, saying she “estimated she had stolen $500,000 of taxpayer money and had always planned on paying it back.”

State police said the investigation revealed that Bowser wrote herself 674 checks depositing them into her own bank account from 2011-2019 – totaling $622,000.

What sparked the audit? Court documents say Bowser made a deposit into the wrong tax account, which flagged the district.

“It’s true it is the taxpayers who pay the price, and we hope that the district attorney will prosecute this to the fullest extent,” said Center Township solicitor Nick Urick.

Bowser is out of jail on bond awaiting her hearing in July.