Two former volunteer fire officials in Fauquier County have been charged federally with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from their department. One of them is accused of inappropriately using a Prince William County public schools credit card to buy materials for a department renovation project, authorities said Friday.
Douglas G. “Bo” Taylor, 52, former chief of the Remington Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, and Joseph Stuart, 52, former president of the department, were charged with theft from a program receiving federal funds. The alleged crimes date back at least to 2007, according to indictments unsealed Friday. Taylor, who used the schools system’s credit card, also was charged with wire fraud and filing false individual income tax returns, according to the indictment.
The case marks the second time this week that the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia has put volunteer firefighters accused of corruption in its crosshairs. On Wednesday, Jerry Keith Cromer Jr., 79, longtime treasurer of the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department in Loudoun County, admitted in a pre-indictment plea that he stole more than $645,000 from his organization and used it to pay off his mortgage and credit card bills and fix his car.