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On Monday Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the conviction of former Akron Town Clerk Diann Taylor on felony ethics and theft charges.
Taylor, 43, of Akron, appeared in Hale County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to allegations in an indictment charging her with using her office or official position for her own personal gain and first-degree theft. Taylor was ordered to pay $110,908.60 in restitution.
“Public trust is lost when public officials exploit and abuse their access to critical funds and resources. No one is above the law; anyone who commits theft for personal gain will be prosecuted,” said Attorney General Marshall.
The Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division investigated this case and presented it to a Hale County grand jury in April of 2021, and the grand jury returned an indictment that month.
Taylor was clerk of the Town of Akron for more than two years. At the plea hearing, she admitted that between August of 2017 and November of 2020 she used her access to the Town of Akron’s bank accounts to purchase more than $30,000 in goods and services and withdraw more than $77,000 in cash from an ATM. She admitted at least some of these purchases and withdrawals were not authorized by the town.
The court sentenced Taylor to 35 months in prison. However, the Alabama Sentencing Guidelines showed a non-prison sentence. Her sentence was suspended, and she was placed on probation for five years.
As a condition of her plea, Taylor agreed to make full restitution in the amount of $110,908.60.
The attorney general thanked the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts for their assistance in this case. Marshall also commended the special agents of his Special Prosecutions Division who investigated the case, as well as Assistant Attorney General Nathan W. Mays who prosecuted it.