Former volunteer fire chief, Pr. William schools worker, sentenced to two years

December 6, 2013

A former volunteer fire chief and Prince William County schools worker accused of stealing from both of his jobs was sentenced Friday to two years in prison, authorities said.

Prosecutors had initially accused Douglas G. “Bo” Taylor, 52, of stealing about $90,000 from the Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and $60,000 from the Prince William County school system, though Taylor admitted far less wrongdoing when he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return in September.

Taylor, a licensed master electrician, served as chief of the Remington department from 1994 to 2011, and prosecutors accused him of submitting fake invoices for materials he did not buy when he did renovation work for his department. They also said Taylor cheated Prince William schools by inappropriately using a school system credit card he had access to as a facilities services worker. Taylor would use the card to buy materials for the fire department’s renovations, prosecutors alleged, then, in some cases, request that the department reimburse him.

As part of his plea, Taylor admitted only billing his department about $1,900 in October 2008 for a sink and wall mount that he later purchased for about $700. He also admitted filing a tax return that did not accurately reflect his extensive gambling winnings and losses. His attorney disputed many of prosecutors’ other allegations during his plea hearing.

The sentencing is the latest in a string of cases federal prosecutors in Alexandria have brought against allegedly corrupt volunteer fire officials accused of stealing from their departments. William J. Stuart, the former president of the Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, was sentenced last month to two years of supervised probation for swiping more than $40,000 of his organization’s funds to pay his own mortgage during the 2008 financial crisis.

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Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.
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