Lebanon Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement Scheme
Bianca Thompson, 42, of Lebanon, Tenn., pleaded guilty last week in United States District Court in Nashville to two counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to an agent with the U.S. Secret Service, announced David Rivera, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
In a hearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Kevin Sharp, Thompson admitted to engaging in a scheme to embezzle more than $135,000 from her employer and a client.
Thompson stated that, while an employee of Performance Food Group Customized Distribution (“PFG”) in Lebanon, she falsely told a PFG client that PFG had made a mistaken payment of more than $135,000, and instructed the client to wire that amount to Thompson’s personal bank account. Thompson then converted the funds to her own personal use, including reducing her personal debts. Thompson further admitted during the plea hearing that she concealed from her employer that she had instructed a second client to wire funds to her personal account, and that she then converted those funds to her own personal use. When confronted about her conduct by the U.S. Secret Service, Thompson falsely stated to agents that she had transferred the funds received from one PFG client to another and falsely stated that she had not spent any of the funds.
Thompson faces up to 20 years in prison on the wire fraud counts, and up to 5 years for the count of making a false statement to a federal investigator. Jones is scheduled to be sentenced on March 15, 2015.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney William F. Abely.