Lakeville couple sentenced for theft from parents

Shannon, Ted Thompson entered guilty pleas

Shannon and Theodore Thompson pleaded guilty and were sentenced Feb. 28 for stealing over $60,000 from Shannon’s elderly Lakeville parents after her father became ill and eventually died in 2014.

Dakota County District Judge Michael Baxter sentenced each to five days in jail and 30 days of electronic home monitoring and ordered them to pay $47,443 in restitution.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said some of the money was recovered through insurance.

The Thompsons, of Rosemount, moved in with Shannon Thompson’s father after he was diagnosed with cancer.

According to criminal complaints, the couple repeatedly forged her mother’s signature and deposited multiple checks issued to the mother or forged by them from her account into their own accounts for about a year after her father died.

Shannon Thompson’s mother reportedly thought the couple were paying her household bills and mortgage, but discovered the bills were going unpaid.

The mother also discovered changes were made regarding how her regular income was being handled.

Posts on Shannon Thompson’s Facebook page describe the stress of caring for her father until his death on Feb. 10, 2014.

On dates following his death, the Facebook posts include details of the couple taking several vacations, including to Europe and an all-inclusive, adults-only resort, and making purchases that included a new truck, a motorcycle, a large television and a hot tub.

Shannon Thompson also used her mother to obtain a pain pill prescription from her doctor, and told her she would do all the talking and she would kick her mother out of the house if she did not go along with the story.

A criminal complaint stated Shannon Thompson’s mother was afraid of the couple, who prevented her from seeing her other two daughters.

In a statement, Backstrom called financial theft from the elderly and vulnerable “a significant and growing problem.”

“It is disturbing to see thefts like this from an older parent by a daughter and her husband,” Backstrom said. “We are pleased to have held this couple responsible for their actions.”

Backstrom thanked Lakeville police for their investigation and Assistant County Attorney Tori Stewart, who prosecuted the case.