Today, there was a town hall meeting in Cleveland which runs by Verne E. Taylor Jr who boasted that he remained to be the President of Ohio Association of the Deaf.
There are plenty of paper trails that clearly showed that Verne E Taylor Jr.and Linda Mahmood embezzled as much as $227,133. According to the submitted report, Verne embezzled the total of $157,133. The amount accured the loss of estimated $70,000 by mismanagement of investments.
Also, in order to conceal his criminal activities, he took his Deaf mother, Libby Pollard out of Columbus Colony Elderly Care into a local nursing home surrounded by hearing peers in Cleveland in his attempt to isolate her away from the public at large from finding out that his son embezzled.
Libby Pollard was two-term NAD President from 1998 to 2002.
Today at the town hall meeting, he claimed that the wifi service was down but others said he ordered others to silence down as he decided to appoint Lottie Joire Cassese as Vice President, Casey Ring as Treasurer and Linda Gray as Secretary. These people are the "clowns" appointed by Verne trying to take OAD back.
To make things comical, Dawn Watts, the local Deaf leader and good friend of Verne proclaimed that she stands with Verne despite the fact that there is sufficient evidence that clearly showed Verne embezzling in the last 10 years up to $227,133.
Verne and Linda used to be an item back in high school days which explained why she enabled his embezzling habits. Not only that, Lottie is Verne's cousin - Lottie's aunt married Verne's father.
In fact, they can't access to the OAD website, accounts, Facebook pages and so on because it is in the hands of legitimate elected group, not Verne and his clowns.
This is shameful period in the history of Ohio Deaf Community.
In this 12-page damning report provided by Ohio Association of the Deaf (OAD)'s Financial Review Committee on February 1, 2020, it has found Verne Taylor Jr and Linda Mahmood to be responsible for the embezzlement of a little more than $227,000.
Most of them were embezzled by President Verne Taylor Jr while Treasurer Linda Mahmood protected his actions against the Board Members and others for questioning the lack of transparence with the fund disclosures. Linda is well known for shooting back, "It is none of your business." to anyone who questioned about anything related to the finances.
Because they embezzled so much for more than 7 years, Linda and Verne deliberately allowed the non-profit organization status to lapse because they knew if they fill out the information, IRS would raise the red flags on discrepancies of these funds.
With this information provided by the OAD'S FRC, OAD should seek the law enforcement authorities to pursue the criminal report against these two individuals for damaging OAD.
OAD had played a big role in creating the richest history with the NAD and its Deaf Community. With Verne and Linda leading the statewide organization, both has took its proud organization to its ruins in less than 10 years. Verne mostly used OAD's money to finance his personal needs including his passion with the motorcycles.
Verne is the son of former NAD President Libby Pollard. And Verne is not related to the author of this article.