More Accusations Against Former Sheriff, Thompson

Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 10:34 am

vonFormer Kanabec County Sheriff Von Thompson might face more charges for allegedly running a ponzi scheme and encouraging people to invest in planes, according to a report from KARE11-TV.

A search warrant issued this week in Hennepin County says Thompson swindled thousands of dollars out of several victims. According to KARE-11’s report, the former sheriff used the money to pay-off debts.

Thompson is already charged with four felony counts of exploiting over $172,000 from a 91-year-old Mora man between October of 2007 and May of 2008.  The criminal complaint states Thompson told the elderly man that he needed the money to buy a plane which he later intended to sell.

If convicted, he could face 80 years in prison. Thompson served as sheriff for 18 years, until 1999.

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