Forest woman sentenced for her role in mortgage fraud scheme

A Forest woman has been sentenced to one day in prison for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme.

44-year-old Mary Thompson was sentenced Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Lynchburg. Thompson, who was a financial specialist, previously pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement for the purpose of influencing the action of National City Mortgage.

Along with serving a day in prison, Thompson also received three months of home confinement and is banned from working in the banking industry for 10 years.

“Ms. Thompson used her position at Wachovia Bank to facilitate a substantial mortgage fraud scheme,"  United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy wrote in a news release. “This case demonstrates our commitment to identifying and prosecuting financial fraud.  We will continue to pursue those who attempt to manipulate the financial system through deception.”

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Thompson was involved in a scheme to commit mortgage fraud with Timothy Brooks and Adam Spruill. Thompson admitted that her role in the scheme was to falsely fill out verifications of deposits for Brooks and Spruill while she was employed as a financial specialist at Wachovia Bank.