Police: Conn. official lost election, erased files

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WOLCOTT, Conn. (AP) - A former town tax collector in Connecticut has been arrested on allegations she deleted important data from town computers after losing an election.

Wolcott police told the Republican-American (http://bit.ly/1eEBOKy ) that 54-year-old Cheryl Brundage erased more than 2,000 files from 400 folders - including tax payment information - only hours after the polls closed Nov. 5.

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

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.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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