WYOMING -- A borough manager in Luzerne County is at the center of a criminal investigation. State police agents raided her accounting business Wednesday morning.
Court papers show police were looking for financial records from the library in the borough and a volunteer fire company.
Wyoming borough manager Tamra Smith did the accounting for both organizations between 2010 and 2014.
State police detectives raided Tamra Smith's accounting office just two doors down from the Wyoming borough building, where Smith serves as borough manager.
The raid took many in this community by surprise.
"I just think it should not be happening, and there's too much of it happening," Geraldine Conolly said.
Court papers indicate Smith filed tax returns in 2013 as treasurer for Wyoming Hose Company Number 1 that contained false information and forged signatures.
Paperwork alleges Smith refused to release financial records of the company.
Michael Baloga is Wyoming borough council member.
"Well, I really wasn't surprised," Baloga said. "About three months ago, I got a call from a state police investigator in a criminal investigation unit saying that there was an ongoing investigation in the borough into different aspects, and different areas of the borough."
The criminal investigation also involves the Wyoming Free Library.
Court papers show Smith had been its treasurer for years.
According to paperwork, an outside audit found the library's financial records differed from the information Smith sent to the IRS on tax returns.
While troopers took information from her office, Smith stayed in her SUV and did not comment.
Police have not filed criminal charges at this point.
The search warrant claims police were looking for evidence of forgery, theft by deception, and other financial crimes.
Borough officials tell us they plan to have a special meeting soon to discuss what to do about Smith who has been the borough manager for eight years.