Charges have been filed in a Muskingum County fraud case involving well over a million dollars.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says on March 19th the department began investigating criminal activities of 52-year-old Douglas Thompson of Pataskala. Lutz says they discovered an extensive and complex fraud case composed by Thompson while working for Tami Longaberger at her home estate.
"Through this investigation it has shown that Mr. Thompson stole in excess of $1,980,000 from Ms. Longaberger over a period going back about 6 years." explained Sheriff Lutz.
While fraud cases aren’t uncommon in the county, Lutz says the dollar amount involved in this case makes it unique.
"Obviously we feel that this is what we call an inside job, where the person was working for somebody is basically exerting their control over property that didn’t have permission to do." said Lutz.
The case has been presented to Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox. Thompson has been charged with a first-degree felony of aggravated theft, which carries a minimum three year sentence, and a maximum of ten years.