Former Alabama county official accused of theft

May 14, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama county official is accused of stealing more than $600,000 through a check fraud scheme.

Al.com reports 68-year-old Laura Lee Taylor surrendered to Washington County authorities following a 26-count indictment. Taylor is a former Washington Count revenue commissioner and former treasurer of the Public Parks and Recreation Board. It's unknown if she's represented by an attorney.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office, in a news release Tuesday, said Taylor is charged with one count of first-degree theft and nine counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument for issuing unauthorized checks which she deposited or cashed herself. She also faces 10 counts of identity theft and six counts of attempt to evade or defeat tax for failing to pay income tax on the money she allegedly stole.