Alabama woman gets 3 years in prison, order to pay $3.6 million for stealing federal grant funds

Published 4:31 pm Thursday, December 7, 2023

On Tuesday, acting United States Attorney Jonathan S. Ross announced the sentencing of a former executive director for the Alabama Association for Career and Technical Education for embezzlement of federal funds and tax crimes.

On December 1, 2023, a federal judge sentenced Doris Joann Gilmore, 62, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, to 37 months in prison. In addition, the judge ordered that Gilmore serve three years of supervised release following her prison term. Federal inmates are not eligible for parole.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, while serving as the executive director of Alabama Association for Career and Technical Education, Gilmore embezzled federal grant funds received by the association. Statements made during her sentencing hearing indicated that the embezzlement may have taken place for more than a decade. She also failed to send to the Internal Revenue Service payroll taxes that had been withheld during the first quarter of 2022. Gilmore pleaded guilty to the charges on May 11, 2023. Due to the financial losses caused by Gilmore’s crimes, the judge ordered her to pay $2,832,486.33 in restitution to the Alabama Association for Career and Technical Education and $802,508.88 to the IRS.

“The United States Attorney’s Office prioritizes protecting federal funds,” said Acting United States Attorney Ross. “Gilmore’s actions harmed the members of the association and prevented tax dollars from being put to a public use. I commend the hard work and countless hours put forth by all the law enforcement agencies involved.”

“Doris Gilmore was placed in a position of trust and should have directed these federal funds to their intended programs,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Brown. “When these funds are illegally earmarked for personal use the citizens of Alabama suffer, and the FBI along, with our state, local, and federal partners, will hold those responsible accountable.”

“Doris Gilmore took advantage of her position as executive director to commit financial crimes against her organization and its employees,” said Demetrius Hardeman, acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Atlanta Field Office. “The sentence she received should serve as a warning to others contemplating doing similar acts, that IRS Criminal Investigation will work diligently to identify and hold them accountable.”

“An important part of the U. S. Postal Inspection Service mission is to ensure public trust in the mail and to defend the nation’s mail system from illicit financial gain,” said Scott Fix, Inspector in Charge of the Houston Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “The arrest and sentencing of Doris Joanne Gilmore are a direct result of the collaborative efforts between the USPIS, FBI and IRS. The USPIS will continue to work with fellow law enforcement agencies to target those who would seek to commit similar fraud schemes.”