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An Ocean View woman has been charged in connection with the embezzlement of over $1 million from her former employer.
While working as a bookkeeper at Dovetail Inc., a high-end interior design company in Bethany Beach, Joan Donald “took advantage of her access to the company’s financial information, as well as the ailing health of Dovetail’s elderly owner,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Bank records show that Donald, 54, used Dovetail’s funds to pay for personal expenses, including purchasing vehicles and taking trips to Disney World, a Department of Justice spokesperson said.
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“This defendant abused her position of trust and took advantage of a vulnerable, elderly victim. After financing her lifestyle with stolen funds for years, the time has come for her to answer for her actions,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss.
Donald was charged with wire fraud and tax evasion after being indicted by a federal grand jury June 10. She faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.
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The Bethany Beach Police Department assisted the FBI Baltimore Division’s Dover Resident Agency and the IRS in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Howland is prosecuting the case.