Saturday, June 09, 2007

Former Department of Defense Official Sentenced for Stealing Over $100,000 in DoD Intelligence Funds

... On March 2, 2007, [John] Taylor pleaded guilty to one count information
charging him with theft and embezzlement of government property. A civilian DOD employee who worked as an ICF officer, Taylor was assigned to the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade as part of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, and he was located in Camp Zama, Japan, approximately 25 miles southwest of Tokyo. In this role, Taylor was responsible for budgeting, disbursing, and accounting for Intelligence Contingency Funds, which were DOD monies intended for and made available to DOD intelligence agents in furtherance of their official duties.

Taylor was also required to manage classified bank accounts and supervise agents engaged in classified intelligence-gathering activity.

As part of his plea, Taylor admitted that, from 2003 through January 2006, he used his official position to steal at least $106,000 in DOD funds designated for intelligence-related activities. Taylor embezzled the money by withdrawing cash from a government bank account whose funds were intended for intelligence agents. To conceal his acts, Taylor falsified DOD
accounting vouchers and forms ...