MAYS LANDING — A Buena Vista Township deputy tax collector was sentenced Thursday to probation, forfeiture of public employment and restitution in connection with stealing cash from the Tax Collector’s Office, prosecutors said.

Brenda Adkins, 46, of Mays Landing, was charged June 29, 2012, by detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Official Corruption Unit with official misconduct and theft after an investigation in April regarding missing cash reported by Buena Vista Township officials, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

About $1,156 had been paid in cash by a taxpayer but had not been deposited into the tax bank account. Some of the money was later discovered in Adkins’ desk drawer, and the investigation confirmed that Adkins intentionally failed to deposit the money and later spent a portion for personal use.

Adkins was processed and released on a summons to appear in court.

On Jan. 23, she waived her right to grand jury presentation and pleaded guilty to an accusation of third-degree official misconduct, the Prosecutor’s Office said.

Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson sentenced Adkins to two years of probation, forfeiture of any current or future public employment and forfeiture of her State Tax Collector certification.

In addition, she must pay more than $400 in restitution — the remaining amount Adkins had yet to pay back to the township, according to acting First Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton, who represented the state in the matter.

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