Charlottesville woman sentenced for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft | USAO-WDVA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A Charlottesville woman, who altered and forged checks she obtained without the consent of the owners of the checks, was sentenced yesterday to thirty-six months in federal prison.

Samantha Leigh Thomas, 33, pleaded guilty in February 2022 to one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated impersonation.

According to court documents, Thomas devised a scheme in which she altered or forged stolen checks and then deposited all of her ill-gotten gains into one of five personal checking accounts held at five different financial institutions. The eventual loss suffered by the victims exceeded $25,000. In addition to being required to repay the money she stole, Thomas will be on probation for a period of four years after his release from prison.

US Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh of the Western District of Virginia and Damon E. Wood, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the US Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement.

The United States Postal Inspection Service and the Albemarle County Police Department investigated the matter.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald M. Huber is prosecuting the case.

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