Former treasurer charged with stealing more than $600K from parks and rec board

Former treasurer charged with stealing more than $600K from parks and rec board
Laura Lee Lewis Taylor is charged with first-degree theft of property, identity theft, second-degree criminal possession of forged instruments, and attempt to evade or defeat tax. (Source: Washington County Sheriff's Office)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A former Washington County revenue commissioner and former treasurer of the Public Park and Recreation Board of Washington County has been charged with 26 felonies for reportedly using her position on the board to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced on Tuesday the arrest of Laura Lee Lewis Taylor, who turned herself in to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. She is charged with first-degree theft of property, identity theft, second-degree criminal possession of forged instruments, and attempt to evade or defeat tax.

According to Marshall, Taylor used her position on the Park and Recreation Board to steal more than $600,000 by issuing checks not authorized by the board then depositing or cashing them herself. She also reportedly used a board member’s name to obtain loans in the board’s name without approval.

Taylor is charged with attempt to evade or defeat tax because Marshall said she failed to pay income tax on the money she stole.

Taylor was indicted on the charges after the Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a grand jury on May 6 and 7.

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