Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 14, 2014

Former administrator of Bluefield, Va. Rescue Squad sentenced on bank fraud, identity theft charges

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ABINGDON, Va. — The former administrator of the Bluefield, Va. Rescue Squad was sentenced Tuesday on charges that he stole money from the squad and obtained a fraudulent loan without the squad’s authority, United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said.

Thomas Franklin Carroll, 48, of Bluefield, previously pled guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of identity theft. Heaphy said he was sentenced to 45 months of federal incarceration, four years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $204,490 in restitution. 

 “Mr. Carroll stole money from an organization tasked with providing needed assistance in medical emergencies,” Heaphy said. “He abused the trust placed in him by the rescue squad, and used their scarce resources for his personal gain.  The sentence imposed today appropriately recognizes the seriousness of Mr. Carroll’s crime.”

 According to evidence presented in court Tuesday, Heaphy said Carroll was employed as the administrator of the Bluefield Virginia Rescue Squad in Tazewell County from 2005 to June 2011. Between October 11, 2008 and October 23, 2011, Carroll incurred personal credit card charges on at least four of the squad’s credit cards, without authorization to do so from the squad’s board of directors.   

In addition, in May 2011, Heaphy said Carroll obtained a loan from a bank without authorization to do so from the squad’s board of directors and deposited some of the proceeds of the loan into the squad’s account. 

The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.