Criminal Justice News

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Gardendale Woman Indicted for Bank Fraud and Tax Evasion

BIRMINGHAM—A federal grand jury today indicted a Gardendale woman on charges related to the embezzlement of more than $600,000 from her employer, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance; Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent in Charge Rodney E. Clarke; and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley announced.

Donna Taylor, 49, is charged with bank fraud and tax evasion in a 15-count indictment filed today in the U.S. District Court.

Taylor was the office secretary for Wilbert of Birmingham LLC. Between 2007 and April 2010, Taylor embezzled about $645,217 from her employer and failed to report this amount on her tax returns, according to the indictment.

The IRS and the FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth A. Holt is prosecuting the case.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

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