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Ashland City woman sentenced to 4 years in prison on fraud, identity theft charges

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WKRN) - An Ashland City woman was sentenced Monday for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.  

39-year-old Samantha Jean Thompson was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, in the bank fraud case.  

A U.S. District Judge also ordered Thompson to pay $569,231.78 in restitution, according to a release.  

Thompson was indicted in August 2017 and pleaded guilty to six counts of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft on March 1, 2018.  

According to a release, Thompson was employed as the office manager and bookkeeper of Builder's Supply Source Inc., a cabinetry supply company in Nashville.  

Officials said Thompson admitted using her position to make fraudulent charges to American Express credit cards issued to company employees, using the mobile payment application Square, Inc.  

According to police, 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 the scheme, Police said Thompson made fraudulent transfers 289 times that totaled more than $500,000.  

Officials said the company participates in area re-entry initiatives and employs persons being released from prison. Thompson actions almost bankrupted the company.  

The scheme was uncovered after Christmas bonuses were paid and the bank notified the company that there were insufficient funds in their account.  

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