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Friday, January 14, 2011

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


TRIO ARRESTED AND ARRAIGNED ON FEDERAL BANK FRAUD CHARGES

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Tommy E. Blair, Samuel Thomas Clark, and Christina Rogers were arrested and arraigned today in Greeneville by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on charges involving bank fraud.

Blair, Clark, and Rogers were indicted by a federal grand jury on January 12, 2011, on charges of bank fraud, conspiring to commit bank fraud, and submitting materially false information to a federally-insured financial institution in support of a loan. Rogers was indicted on additional charges of being an accessory after the commission of bank fraud and submitting a materially false statement to an agent of the FBI. All of the charges relate to a loan made by Tru-Point Bank to Clark during 2006. Tru-Point Bank is a financial institution whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

If found guilty, Blair, Clark, and Rogers face maximum sentences of 30 years in prison, five years on supervised release, forfeiture of the fruits and instrumentalities of the offenses, and $100 special mandatory assessments on each count. Trial is scheduled for March 16, 2011, in U.S. District Court, Greeneville. Blair, Clark, and Rogers were released from custody after their arraignment.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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