An attorney for Anson Tax Collector Claudia Viles has filed an acknowledgment that she received a copy of the town’s complaint against her in a civil lawsuit.

Walter McKee, Viles’ attorney, said Tuesday that she has 20 days from Aug. 17, the day the suit was acknowledged, to file an answer to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed Aug. 10 in Somerset County Superior Court, accuses Viles of misappropriating $430,712 in town excise tax money. It states that Viles omitted amounts she collected in excise tax from the town’s accounting system, knowingly recorded inaccurate amounts she collected in excise tax and reprinted calculator tapes with altered figures to make it appear that the amount of money collected matched what was being deposited.

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