A 50-year-old man from Texas, who was serving time for mail fraud, has gone missing from the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth. The inmate, James Thompson of Maud, Texas, was discovered to be missing from the satellite camp, a minimum-security facility adjacent to the prison, on Thursday at around 4 p.m. Prison officials have initiated an internal investigation into the escape.
Described as a white male standing roughly 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 202 pounds, Thompson has brown hair and brown eyes. The prison authorities immediately notified law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In April 2022, both James Thompson and his wife, April Thompson, were sentenced to six years and eight months in prison for their involvement in a mail fraud case. They were found guilty of embezzling over $4 million from an Atlanta-based company that offers timberland investment advisory and management services for institutional timberland investors. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia released a statement regarding their conviction.
Officials are urging anyone with information about the whereabouts of James Thompson to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 913-551-6727. The investigation continues as authorities work to locate and apprehend the escaped prisoner.