Guyland W. Thompson, Former Milton Mayor And Ex-Head Of United Way Of Santa Rosa County, Sentenced For Fraud And Tax Evasion

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PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Guyland W. Thompson, a former mayor of Milton, Florida, and ex-executive director of the United Way of Santa Rose County, today was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion. Thompson, 65, of Milton, was ordered to forfeit $221,868.28 seized from his bank accounts and pay an additional money judgment of $430,132.33. Restitution will be decided at a later hearing. The sentence was announced today by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Thompson pled guilty last May to 20 counts of wire fraud and three counts of tax evasion stemming from his embezzlement of funds from United Way of Santa Rosa County while he ran the organization. Between at least 2011 and 2018, Thompson embezzled over $650,000 from the charity. He used his position and access to the charity’s records and bank accounts to steal money from the charity for years by conducting a series of complicated financial transactions to cover his tracks. He also made false representations to board members, employees, bank tellers, and United Way Worldwide to
keep his fraud undetected for so long. Thompson then failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service the extra income from his embezzlement scheme.

“These crimes affected not only an outstanding charitable organization, but also the many
individuals who depended on multiple nonprofits to help them deal with day-to-day challenges. This defendant violated the trust of all these innocent victims, and this sentence reflects the harm he did to so many,” U.S. Attorney Keefe said.

As a result of Thompson’s crimes, United Way of Santa Rosa County lost its charter with the
international organization and was forced to close. The restitution Thompson was ordered to pay will be divided between United Way of Santa Rosa County and 15 local charities that previously had been supported by it.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue
Service-Criminal Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alicia H. Forbes.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website. For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

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