Samantha Jean Thompson, 39, of Ashland City, Tenn. was arrested by FBI agents this morning, after being indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and identity theft, announced Jack Smith, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
According to the indictment, between May 2014 and October 2016, Thompson was employed as the office manager and bookkeeper of Builder's Supply Source, Inc., a cabinetry supply company in Nashville, Tenn. The indictment alleges that Thompson used her position to make fraudulent charges to American Express credit cards issued to company employees, utilizing the mobile payment application Square, Inc. Thompson renamed her account with Square to closely resemble the name of a legitimate vendor and then used Square to process cash transfers to her personal bank account. During this execution of this scheme, Thompson made fraudulent transfers 289 times that totaled more than $500,000.
If convicted, Thompson faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Siji Moore is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Department of Justice
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Middle District of Tennessee