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05/20/05 - Angelina County

Former Tax Deputy Sentenced To Prison

by Ramonica R. Jones

A Lufkin woman accused of stealing from the tax assessor's office in Angelina County will spend the next year and a half in prison.

Friday, a federal judge in Beaumont sentenced 37-year-old Allison Batson. Batson worked as a delinquent tax deputy in Angelina County for seven years. She reportedly stole more than $170,000 from individual tax payers, businesses, bankruptcy and escrow accounts, and tax sale proceeds.

A judge sentenced her to 18 months in prison and three years supervised release.  She also has to repay the county more than $130,000.

She'd already paid back $37,000 before Friday's sentencing.

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