In Fauquier: Former Remington volunteers face federal fraud, theft charges

Two former Remington Fire Department volunteers are in hot water with federal authorities after being indicted Friday morning. Bad checks, phony invoices, and wire fraud highlight the laundry list of offenses allegedly committed by two former high-ups with the Remington Volunteer Fire Department.

According to a press release issued by the Department of Justice Friday, Douglas “Bo” Taylor, 52, of Remington and William Joseph Stuart, 52, of Bealeton were charged separately for fraud and embezzlement.

Taylor was chief of the Remington Volunteer Fire Department from 1994 to 2011, and Stuart is a former president of the RVFD.

Taylor faces a maximum of 80 years in federal prison for wire fraud charges related to renovations at the Remington Fire Station.

The charges allege that Taylor, a licensed Master Electrician, submitted false invoices for materials and labor for the station’s renovations.

The eight-count indictment against Taylor also alleges he used a Prince William County Schools credit card to purchase materials “used at the fire station project and elsewhere.” In total, he bilked RVFD out of $90,000 and PWCS out of $60,000.

Taylor allegedly failed to disclose that money, and winnings from the Virginia lottery on “two individual tax returns filed with the IRS.”

“We were aware of the allegations, of the investigation, but we deferred to federal law enforcement during the process,” said PWCS spokesman Phil Kavits.

Kavits said Taylor worked for Prince William’s schools from 1986 to 2011. He rose to the rank of Facilities Coordinator, overseeing management projects for that county’s 93 schools.

The federal indictment against Taylor, released Friday, outlines a pattern of compulsive spending on casino betting and lottery tickets.

“Taylor’s gambling activities included visits to a casino in Charles Town, W.Va., as well as the playing of the Virginia Lottery’s “Pick 3″ and “Pick 4″ games,” the indictment reads. “For a significant period of time,

Taylor spent more than $1,200 per day purchasing lottery tickets in the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 3 game. During 2008 and 2009, Taylor had significant winnings on his Virginia Lottery Pick 3 play which were not reported on his U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns.”

From 2008 to 2009, Stuart allegedly embezzled about $40,000 from RVFD accounts he signed for. He did so by cutting himself 10 unauthorized checks from the accounts.

If convicted, Stuart could spend a maximum 10 years in prison.

Both men, if found guilty, would have to make full restitution as well as pay fines of (and in Taylor’s case exceeding) $250,000.

The FBI’s Washington field office and the IRS’s criminal investigation division investigated the case.

Current Remington fire chief Ian Brill said that he and other members of RVFD have talked to FBI and IRS agents as part of the investigation.

Brill also confirmed that Taylor was in charge of the building project at the Remington station. That project began in 2007 and included the addition of “nine apparatus bays, two training rooms, administrative offices, a banquet hall with kitchen, radio room, four bunk rooms and a separate kitchen for use by the RVFD staff,” the indictment reads.

Taylor will appear in U.S. District Court in Alexandria later this afternoon; Stuart was issued a summons and faces arraignment in the same court Aug. 2.