Fraud sentence for Swainsboro attorney

John R. Thompson, 67, an attorney from Emanuel County  was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield to 66 months in prison and ordered to pay $434,587.54 in restitution for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that occurred in Swainsboro.

Evidence presented during a three-day trial in July revealed that Thompson, in his role as a closing attorney, assisted his co-defendants, Brian and Natasha Steptoe, in knowingly submitting a falsified HUD-1 Form and other documentation to Bank of America with regard to a $400,000 home loan.  The investigation revealed that Thompson’s scheme was to defraud Bank of America in order to pocket sizeable sums of money for himself and others.




Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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