Ocean View woman indicted on wire fraud and tax evasion charges
WILMINGTON, Del. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Thursday, charging an Ocean View woman with embezzling over $1 million from her former employer.
According to the indictment, 54-year-old Joan Donald worked as a bookkeeper for Dovetail, Inc., a high-end interior design company based out of Bethany Beach. Over the course of at least 7 years, Donald reportedly took advantage of her access to the company’s financial account information, as well as the ailing health of Dovetail’s elderly owner, to drain funds from Dovetail. Bank records show that Donald used Dovetail’s funds to pay for her personal expenses, including purchasing vehicles and taking trips to Disney World.
U.S. Attorney David Weiss released a statement on the charges, saying “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.”
Donald is charged with wire fraud and tax evasion. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison, however, actual sentences for federal crimes are usually less than the maximum penalties.