Florida Fugitive Apprehended in Mississippi

Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), U.S. Marshal’s Service, North Carolina Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, and the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office announce Jan. 9th arrest of 41-year-old Lucy Mae Thomas in Tunica, Miss. Thomas, a payroll check counterfeiter was a fugitive for nine months. Thomas now faces numerous charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, grand theft and uttering a forged instrument.

The investigation into Thomas’ defrauding banks and credit unions throughout the Southeast began in 2005. Thomas’ fraud averaged $8,000 a day. Thomas was initially arrested in November 2006, while on federal probation for past violations, and was placed on home confinement due to pregnancy. On April 24, 2007 Thomas removed her seven children from school and absconded.

FDLE Special Agents began tracking Thomas in April 2007 as she continued her felonious trek through the Southeast amassing more than $100,000 losses to financial institutions in Florida and North Carolina.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution. Following extradition, Thomas faces 20 years in prison.

For more information, contact:

Sharon Gogerty
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Orlando
(904) 360-7100