The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Jamie Gene Thompson, 47, a California native who most recently lived in Vermont, was sentenced on July 15, 2014 in United States District Court in Brattleboro to 30 months of imprisonment upon his guilty plea to a charge of access device fraud. U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha also ordered that Thompson serve a three-year term of supervised release following completion of his prison sentence and pay restitution in the amount of $65,143.47. Thompson has been incarcerated since his arrest in California in March 2013.
On February 27, 2013, a federal grand jury in Rutland returned a one-count indictment charging Thompson with access device fraud. Thompson pled guilty to the charge last October. According to court records, in about 2010, Thompson became a live-in care provider for an elderly couple in Charlotte. Thompson's duties involved providing medical and physical assistance and transportation. He also handled some of the couple's finances. Between September and October 2012 Thompson defrauded the couple by using one of their credit cards to make about 80 unauthorized purchases of goods and services which totaled approximately $9,000. He also made about $46,000 in unauthorized withdrawals from an investment account the couple had at Wells Fargo. The Wells Fargo funds were used to pay down balances on personal credit cards which had been issued to Thompson.
This case was investigated by the Vermont State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Thompson is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Steven Barth. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.