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Douglas Taylor sentenced for defrauding Remington Fire Department

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(WJLA) - The former fire chief of a small Fauquier County town was sentenced Friday to two years in jail for defrauding his own department and a local school system out of thousands of dollars.

Douglas "Bo" Taylor, the 52-year-old ex-chief of the Remington Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, collected tens of thousands of dollars for work he never did and materials he never purchased for renovation work on the town's fire station.

During his time as the chief between 1994 and 2011, Taylor offered to perform some of the renovations himself and said he'd only seek reimbursement for his out-of-pocket spending. Instead, though, he submitted invoices for items that weren't purchased and labor that wasn't done.

Taylor also used a credit card belonging to Prince William County Public Schools to buy some of the materials without permission.

In total, prosecutors say that Taylor defrauded both the fire department and Prince William schools of about $140,000.

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