Joseph Wayne Attaway, 38, of Oneonta, AL, is on the run after embezzling nearly $90,000. He is wanted on charges of First-Degree Theft of Property, a felony.
Attaway was employed at an unnamed Birmingham-area logistics company, where he managed vendor accounts and accounts receivable. He was fired after failing to return from a vacation in September. Accountants hired to check his books in a routine audit revealed that Attaway had also been writing invoices to his personal checking account, reports WBRC Birmingham.
He began embezzling funds in 2015 and continued for over a year, funding what the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office called an “extravagant lifestyle” of airplane tickets, alcohol, cars and adult entertainment. Attaway had also used stolen funds to pay a lawyer to represent him in an unrelated DUI case.
Attaway wiped his checking account and has been at large since September. He may still be in the Oneonta area.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts are encouraged to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.