U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon states that Phillip Thompson of Augusta, GA was sentenced for conspiracy involving theft of government funds, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, § 371.
U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs, of Columbia, SC sentenced Thompson to 23 months in jail after a sentencing hearing. The judge further ordered that Thompson repay $4,580,469.83 in restitution and, after his release from the Bureau of Prisons, that he serve three years on supervised release.
Facts presented in court established that Thompson worked at the Savannah River Site for Wise Services, and that, beginning in September of 2009 and continuing for several years, Thompson was involved in a scheme in which he and a co-defendant stole money using false and fraudulent invoices. An investigation by the U. S. Dept. of Energy’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that Thompson and his co-defendant stole more than six million dollars.
April G. Stephenson, Acting Inspector General for the Dept. of Energy, states: “The Office of Inspector General remains committed to ensuring the integrity of our contractors and subcontractors. Those who choose to abuse their positions of trust while hiding behind sophisticated embezzlement and fraud schemes, will be held accountable.”
The Energy Department’s OIG and the FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Potterfield of the Columbia, SC office prosecuted the case.
Read The Augusta Chronicle’s account of this story at: http://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20180703/columbia-county-man-gets-23-months-in-prison-in-mox-fraud-case