Thursday, February 9, 2012

Deborah Thompson's House 2/9

Lots of news in tomorrow's paper about budget amendments, solar panels and the county technology committee, but here's something you won't see in print.

The asking price of Deborah Thompson's house at 71 Thompson Street (not a typo) in Ballston Spa has been lowered again, dropping to $89,900. You can see the listing here.

Thompson, wife of former Milton Supervisor Frank, has pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny for stealing nearly $30,000 from an elderly woman while acting as the woman's legal guardian. She has been ordered to pay the victim restitution and has said she would sell her home to come up with the money. Frank Thompson has been cleared of wrongdoing.

She was supposed to have paid the victim restitution by December, but the house didn't sell. The judge rescheduled her sentencing date to March 13 and issued an ultimatum:
If Deborah Thompson does not pay at least $10,000 in restitution to the victim and have a plan to pay the remainder, pay $2,152 in back taxes and visit a state-licensed psychologist to evaluate her gambling addiction by that date, the plea agreement is off the table.
In addition, (Prosecutor Louise) Sira said she will seek jail time on the original charge of third-degree grand larceny, a felony that carries a potential sentence of 2-1/3 to 7 years in state prison.
This, by my count, is the home's fifth price drop. Deborah Thompson's attorney has told me the price on the home dropped three times between $139,000 and $114,900. It then plummeted to $94,900 following her court appearance in December.

I couldn't get a hold of Thompson's attorney today, but he's previously said that he'd do everything in his power to ensure his client does not see jail time. I left Sira a message and will update this post if she calls back.
It's entirely possible that Deborah Thompson has paid up, but there was no indication at that December court appearance that she had any other way of coming up with the $29,259 in restitution money other than selling her home

Until next time,


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February 10, 2012 at 5:19 AM 

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