TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. — A tax collector in a Massachusetts town has been indicted on charges that she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the town.

Fifty-six-year-old Nancy Dutton is charged with five counts of larceny and one count of money laundering. Prosecutors say she stole tax money and falsified records to cover it up.

Dutton was hired as an assistant tax collector in Tyngsborough in 2002 and was made deputy tax collector in 2016. Prosecutors say the alleged theft started in 2004.

Dutton was placed on unpaid leave June 1, shortly after police began investigating.

Town officials tell the Lowell Sun they have taken steps to prevent future theft, including placing a $50 limit on cash payment to the town.

Dutton did not respond to a request for comment.

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