United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2007 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TEXARKANA COUPLE CHARGED WITH MAIL FRAUD, MAKING
TEXARKANA, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a Texarkana, Texas couple has been charged with multiple counts of mail fraud and making false statements in the Eastern District of Texas.
BILL THOMPSON, 51, and his wife, CINDY THOMPSON, 45, appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven. The Thompsons were indicted by a federal grand jury. Bill Thompson is charged with 4 counts of providing a false statement or fraud to obtain Federal Employees Compensation and 9 counts of mail fraud. Cindy Thompson is charged with 5 counts of mail fraud. Both are charged with one count of conspiracy to provide false statements or fraud to obtain Federal Employees Compensation.
According to the indictment, Bill Thompson is a crane operator who was employed by Red River Army Depot. In 2000 he was injured and started collecting disability benefits from the Office of Workers Compensation (OWCP). Since 2002, the Thompsons have conspired and cause OWCP to issue approximately $112,533.01 in disability benefits that Bill Thompson was not entitled to receive. Both defendants have also filed a false claim with Combined Insurance, and defrauded Combined Insurance of approximately $64,301.75.
If convicted, the false statement counts each carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. The mail fraud charges each carry a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
It is important to note that a grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by the Department of Labor and the Defense Logistics Agency and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise Simpson.
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