Central Texas tax collector charged with theft

December 8, 2011 2:58:53 AM PST
An elected official of a Central Texas county has been arrested and charged with theft and giving false information.

Texas Rangers arrested McLennan County Tax Assessor-Collector Buddy Skeen at his office in downtown Waco after a county grand jury indicted him on Wednesday.

He was released on $27,500 bond. If convicted of both counts, he could be sentenced to up to 12 years behind bars.

The indictment accuses him of trading in a government-owned vehicle as credit for a truck he bought in February for personal use. He's also accused of providing false information on an application for a title certificate, claiming a trade-in amount of $22,000 when, in reality, there was no value. That cut his sales tax by $1,375.

Skeen declined to comment on the charges to reporters.

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