Former executive director of the Alabama Association for Career and Technical Education Doris Joann Gilmore was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in prison for embezzlement of federal funds and tax crimes. 

According to the plea agreement and other court records, while serving as the Association's executive director, Gilmore embezzled federal grant funds received by the Association. 

Statements made during her sentencing hearing indicated that the embezzlement may have occurred for over a decade, according to the Department of Justice. She also failed to send payroll taxes withheld during the first quarter of 2022 to the Internal Revenue Service.

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 Association and $802,508.88 to the IRS.

"The United States Attorney's Office prioritizes protecting federal funds," Acting United States Attorney Jonathan Ross said. "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."

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