Great Barrington treasurer's office employee under investigation for alleged theft

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A town employee is under investigation after an audit revealed that money is missing from the town coffers, according to several sources familiar with the matter.

Deborah Ball, 62, the assistant treasurer/collector, is the subject of the probe, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office has confirmed. She has not been arrested or charged.

"The matter is under investigation by the officers assigned to the State Police Detective Unit attached to the District Attorney's Office," DA spokesman Dennis Yusko said in a prepared statement. "It is an active, criminal investigation. As such, we will not comment further at this time."

Ball did not return a call seeking comment.

It's unclear how much money is missing, or whether the audit is continuing.

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Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin said she could not comment because it is a "personnel matter." She declined to provide any information on Ball's employment status.

Select Board Chairman Stephen Bannon also declined to shed any light on the situation.

"I can't comment on anything," he said.

The treasurer/collector's office collects residents' property, personal and excise taxes, as well as sewer bills and alarm charges and permits. The office also takes payments for the town Water Department.

The town's website says the treasurer/collector "works to maximize investment earnings while keeping the funds 100% secure and safe and in accordance with Massachusetts General Law and our investment policy."

Heather Bellow can be reached at hbellow@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871.


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