Ex Hale County town clerk charged with theft, ethics violations

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The former town clerk of the Hale County town of Akron is facing theft and ethics charges amid accusations of stealing more than $100,000 from the town.

Diann Taylor, 43, surrendered to authorities May 4 and was later released on bond. Taylor served as Akron’s town clerk through November 2020.

The grand jury indictment charges Taylor with three counts:

  • Intentionally using her official position as the Town Clerk of Akron to access the town’s public library bank account to receive up to $115,184.40 in either cash or debit card purchases for herself, a family member, or business with which she was associated.
  • Theft of up to $115,184.40.
  • Making a false statement to an employee of the Alabama Ethics Commission.

If convicted, Taylor faces a maximum penalty of between two and 20 years in prison for each of the first two criminal charges and up to one year for the ethics charge.

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