October 30, 2019
A Central Texas man, who took hundreds of thousands of dollars to build barns around the state that were never finished, pleaded guilty to felony theft Tuesday in exchange for 10 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
“Taking someone one else’s hard-earned money with no intention to do the work is theft, pure and simple,” Ogg said. “Those kinds of predators can’t be allowed to operate in Harris County, and we will continue to go after thieves who lie, cheat and steal.”
Marcus Sample Thompson, 47, was facing a punishment ranging from probation to life in prison after admitting guilt in August. He was scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Amy Martin on Tuesday when he agreed to a 10-year-prison sentence.
Thompson made headlines in 2016 when he and his company, Lonestar Barn Company, were exposed in fraud warning issued by the Better Business Bureau.
Court records show that Thompson took money for jobs that he never finished all over the state. Of 11 victims with losses totaling $247,000, three were Harris County residents. There were also 23 other victims that prosecutors expected to tell the judge about to show Thompson’s pattern of behavior. He scammed two of his victims while he was free on bail after his initial request.
“Prison is where Marcus Thompson belongs because if he were out, we are concerned he would continue to defraud even more victims.” said Valerie Turner, Chief of District Attorney’s Office Consumer Fraud Division. “For years, Mr. Thompson scammed multiple victims by changing his company name and even using different names himself. He took thousands of dollars with written contracts to build pole barns or other structures. Then, after getting the money, he did almost no work leaving the property owner to pick up the pieces.”
The warning about Thompson’s construction fraud issued by the Better Business Bureau can be found at: https://www.bbb.org/central-texas/news-events/news-releases/2016/11/bbb-investigation-barn-construction-company-customers-allege-losing-thousands/