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Conn. town tax collector erased files after losing election, police say

The former tax collector in Wolcott has been arrested on allegations she deleted important data from town computers in November after losing an election to stay in office.

Wolcott police told the Republican-American that 54-year-old Cheryl Brundage surrendered at the police station Wednesday after learning there was a warrant for her arrest. She was charged with felony computer crimes and released on a promise to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Jan. 30.

Brundage didn't immediately return a message Thursday. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

Police allege Brundage erased more than 2,000 files from 400 folders -- including tax payment information -- only hours after the polls closed Nov. 5.

But the files were backed up on a server and were able to be restored.