Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Shannon Marie Thompson, age 41, and Theodore Thompson, age 37, both of New Prague, were sentenced today to five days in jail, 30 days of electronic home monitoring and 10 years of probation by Judge Michael Baxter in connection with the theft of funds from February through December of 2014 which occurred after Shannon Thompson’s father became ill and subsequently died. Both pled guilty to one count of felony Theft. The Thompson’s will have to pay restitution in the amount of $47,443.66.
The couple moved in with Shannon Thompson’s parents after her father was diagnosed with cancer. From the time of his death in February of 2014, Thompson and her husband stole almost $60,000 (portions of this loss were recovered through insurance). Shannon Thompson’s mother told police that she had not authorized her daughter to make any changes to her checking account or take money. The mother also told police that she thought the couple had been keeping current on her bills, which was not the case.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search.
Backstrom commented: "Financial theft from the elderly and vulnerable is a significant and growing problem in our society. It is particularly disturbing to see thefts like this from an older parent by a daughter and her husband. We are pleased to have held this couple responsible for their actions."
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Tori Stewart, who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the Lakeville Police Department who assisted in this thorough investigation.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.