Ocean View Women Sentence for Embezzling over $1.1-million from Bethany Beach Business


An Ocean View woman has been sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for federal wire fraud and tax evasion. The US Attorney for the District of Delaware’s office says 55 year old Joan Donald was an administrative assistant and quasi-bookkeeper for Dovetail, Inc. in Bethany Beach. Beginning in 2014 she began paying herself a shadow salary, paying personal credit card bills using the business’s bank account and funneling money to her husband in various ways – embezzling over $1.1-million from the business and its owner.

In a release from the US Attorney for the District of Delaware:

U.S. Attorney David Weiss commented on the sentence, “The owner of Dovetail, Connie Britell, was a force of nature who built her business from the ground up.  Over the years, Ms. Britell placed more and more trust in the defendant, eventually giving the defendant control over company finances.  The defendant abused that trust.  Month after month for at least seven years, defendant Donald drained Dovetail’s accounts until there was nothing left.  In doing so, the defendant exploited an elderly woman in declining health who had placed full faith in her.  The defendant’s conduct was not only criminal, it was also cruel.  Today’s sentence stands as a stark warning to those who prey on the elderly.” 

“Justice has been served today and this defendant is on her way to federal prison for stealing from her employer, the American public, and the government,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Yury Kruty. “Would-be criminals should take notice. A similar fate awaits anyone thinking about engaging in this type of criminal conduct.”

“Today’s sentence has put an end to Joan Donald’s flagrant actions and complete disrespect of the law.  For years Donald was a trusted insider who preyed on her employer by stealing funds to financially enrich herself” stated Baltimore FBI Special Agent in Charge, Thomas J. Sobocinski.  “Those who abuse their position of trust for their own financial greed will not be tolerated. The FBI and our partners will continue to uncover those committing fraud and causing harm to businesses and individuals for personal gain.” 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Howland prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation.