Irondale mother, daughter allegedly stole $90k from volunteer organization

IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — An Irondale woman and her daughter are charged with stealing nearly $90,000 from a volunteer organization that aims to bring new business and industry to the city.

Sheryl Daniels and her daughter Monica are accused of using the money on personal items from clothing and purses to meals and cars.

“This case, the evidence is absolutely overwhelming,” said Detective Michael Mangina with the Irondale Police Department.

City leaders were alerted to the problems in the Irondale Commercial Development Authority’s accounts back in May, when the city was undergoing an annual audit.

“Once I began to go through the banking account, I realized that some of the charges were questionable,” said Irondale City Clerk James Stewart, Jr.

The authority has an annual budget of about $180,000. That is made entirely of rent paid on a city-owned property, according to city leaders.

According to police, Monica Daniels lives in Madison and had no direct ties to the volunteer board, other than her mother.

Both women face felony theft charges. Sheryl Daniels has resigned from her position with the Irondale Commercial Development Authority.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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