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Bluefield, W.Va. Man Sentenced On Bank Fraud, Identity Theft Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia
Thomas Franklin Carroll To Serve 45 Months

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – The former administrator of the Bluefield Virginia Rescue Squad in Bluefield, Va., was sentenced this morning on charges that he stole money from the squad and obtained a fraudulent loan without the squad’s authority.

Thomas Franklin Carroll, 48, of Bluefield, W.Va., previously pled guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of identity theft. This morning in District Court, he was sentenced to 45 months of federal incarceration, 4 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $204,490 in restitution.

“Mr. Carroll stole money from an organization tasked with providing needed assistance in medical emergencies,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “He abused the trust placed in him by the Rescue Squad, and used their scarce resources for his personal gain. The sentence imposed today appropriately recognizes the seriousness of Mr. Carroll’s crime.”

According to evidence presented in court today, Carroll was employed as the administrator of the Bluefield Virginia Rescue Squad in Tazewell County from 2005 to June 2011. Between October 11, 2008 and October 23, 2011, Carroll incurred personal credit card charges on at least 4 of the Squad’s credit cards, without authorization to do so from the Squad’s Board of Directors.

In addition, in May 2011, in an effort to hide his crime, Carroll obtained a loan from a bank without authorization to do so from the Squad’s Board of Directors and deposited some of the proceeds of the loan into the Squad’s account.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated April 14, 2015