Ex-midstate tax collector loses job after guilty plea

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2013 6:40 PM
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(Carlisle) -- Carlisle's former tax collector is losing his job after pleading guilty to selling marijuana to an undercover police officer.

George Hicks Jr. has pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Court to a single count of delivering a controlled substance.

Prosecutors say Hicks, who was elected in 2011, sold less than an ounce of the drug to the agent in two transactions.

Under a plea bargain, the 21-year-old Hicks was sentenced to two years' probation, fined $300 and ordered to pay $5,000 restitution in an unrelated case.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Matthew Smith says the judge also signed an order ending Hicks' tenure as tax collector. Smith says Hicks had not performed his duties as tax collector since his arrest in August, but that he had continued to be paid.

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