Former humane society volunteer sentenced to 36 months after stealing nearly $731K from shelter
BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A Butler County judge sentenced a former Animal Friends Humane Society volunteer to 36 months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $731,000 from the shelter.
Jeremy Taylor, who served as the shelter’s treasurer, is accused of stealing exactly $730,984.19 between June 2014 and March 2021, according to Judge Greg Stephens.
“He used our funds to pay for frivolous vacations, concerts, cell phone bills, purchases at Kings Island,” explained Animal Friends Humane Society Executive Director Linda Dunaway. “He wrote checks to non-existent vendors and made purchases for equipment for his own personal use.”
The judge adds that Taylor will also have to pay the entire amount back in restitution.
Taylor was first charged with theft in March of this year, records show. He pleaded guilty to aggravated theft, according to the documents.
Judge Stephens says that Taylor will be serving his time at the Ohio Department of Corrections.
Animal Friends Humane Society issued the following statement in June:
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