William Joseph Stuart, 52, the former president of the Remington Volunteer Fire Department, pleaded guilty today to one charge of theft from a program receiving federal funds.
In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Stuart admitted that between September 2008 and April 2009, he stole more than $40,000 from the Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Remington by submitting false and fraudulent invoices to the department. Stuart admitted that he then wrote checks to himself and acquired a second signature from another fire department officer based on the false invoices that Stuart created.
Stuart faces a maximum of 10 years in jail when he is sentenced on Nov. 15.
Neil H. MacBride, 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, Washington, D.C. Field Office, IRS-Criminal Investigation, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. Stuart was indicted on July 25, 2013, by a federal grand jury with one count of Theft from an Organization Receiving Federal Funds.
Stuart was charged along with former Remington Fire Chief Douglas "Bo" Taylor
with fraud and embezzlement earlier this summer.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Mark D. Lytle is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
Any person who believes they may have information regarding public corruption in the Northern Virginia area is encouraged to call the FBI’s Northern Virginia Public Corruption Hotline at 703-686-6225.