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Former Buffalo city employee spared prison in license fee thefts

Tasha Collier, 39, a former clerk in the City of Buffalo government’s Licensing Department, was spared a federal prison term by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr., Monday.

Instead, the judge ordered her to repay the city government the $22,292 in license fee payments she stole between July 2013 and last Aug. 25. She was also placed on probation for the next three years on her conviction for the theft and illegal conversion of government receipts linked to a local program that received federal funding.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Guerra, Collier was supposed to have turned over all receipts for payments of city licensing to the City Treasury Department. She was arrested last August after an investigation by the FBI and the Buffalo Police Department into the fee shortages.