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Former Massac County Official Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud

BENTON – A Kevil, Kentucky man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Benton to one count of Wire Fraud and seven counts of Mail Fraud for engaging in a scheme to defraud the Massac County Emergency Management Agency.

Thirty-year-old Christopher Thompson was the Assistant Director of the Emergency Management Agency in Massac County and also served as the IT Manager for the Massac County Board of Commissioners.

As part of the plea, Thompson admitted to using official business accounts to pay for personal expenditures and admitted to opening up business lines of credit without authority for personal use causing a loss in excess of $50,000. As part of the plea, Thompson consented to forfeiture of items fraudulently purchased and otherwise consented to a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $52,054.51.

Thompson’s sentencing is scheduled for February 24, 2022. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Each count of Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud carries a statutory maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, three years supervised release and restitution.

FBI Springfield Division conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Massac County Sheriff’s Office.