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Former Remington fire chief sentenced for fraud and embezzlement

Friday, Dec. 6 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Remington's former volunteer fire chief will spend two years in jail for plundering fire hall and Prince William County school funds in a wire fraud scheme.

Douglas G. “Bo” Taylor, age 52, of Remington, Va., the former Chief of the Remington Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (“RVFD”), was sentenced today to 24 months incarceration, to be followed by a term of 3 years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in the Eastern District of Virginia for his role in a wire fraud scheme that defrauded the RVFD and the Prince William County School System and the filing of false individual income tax returns, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

Taylor was also ordered to pay restitution of $70,833 to the Remington Fire Department, $59,419 to the Prince William County Schools, and $79,576 to the Internal Revenue Service. When Taylor pleaded guilty, he faced a maximum of 106 years of prison time.

According to court records, Taylor served as the Chief of the RVFD from 1994 through 2011, during a time when the RVFD fire station underwent major renovations and reconstruction with funding, in significant part, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Taylor, a licensed Master Electrician, offered to do some of the renovations at the fire station and only seek reimbursement for his out of pocket expenses.

Taylor then submitted false invoices which contained charges for materials Taylor did not purchase and charges for labor that, at times, was never performed or was inflated from the hours that were actually performed. Taylor also used a Prince William County Public Schools System (“PWCS”) credit card to purchase some of the materials used at the fire station project (and elsewhere).

In total, Taylor defrauded the RVFD of more than $80,000 and the PWCS of approximately $60,000. Finally, Taylor did not disclose the money he fraudulently obtained from the RVFD and winnings from the Virginia lottery on two individual income tax returns filed with the IRS.

Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Thomas J. Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Section, Washington, D.C. Field Office made the announcement today after the sentencing.

Last month, a federal court sentenced William Joseph Stuart, former president of the Remington fire hall, to two years of probation and restitution of funds for stealing more than $40,000 from the fire department.

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