FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:July 22, 2014
Contact: Heather F. WilliamsonCommonwealth’s Attorney’s Office20 East Market StreetLeesburg, VA 20176-2809(703) 777-0242
JUDGE IMPOSES THREE YEARS FOR OBTAINING PROPERTY BY FALSE PRETENSE
DEFENDANT TO REPAY OVER $130,000 IN RESTITUTION
LEESBURG, Virginia – July 14, 2014. Leonard Sampson, 40, appeared before Judge Benjamin N. A. Kendrick in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on two counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Kendrick sentenced Sampson to an active sentence of three years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for each charge. The two sentences are to be served concurrently. During the period of January 2012 – November 2012, Sampson made charges to his Reston Limousine company credit card totaling in excess of $130,000. As justification for the charges Sampson created invoices and work orders for parts to be installed on vehicles owned by Reston Limousine. The parts were never received or installed on any of Reston Limousine’s vehicles. Investigation revealed that all the charges were made to B&L Ducting and Install Master, a business that was started by Sampson. Sampson’s business records further revealed that the money charged on Reston Limousine’s credit card was deposited into his B&L Ducting and Install Master bank account, but there were no debits or charges on the account for the purchase of auto parts or materials needed to manufacture auto parts. However, there were purchases and deductions from the business account for personal and recreational expenditures.
Kendrick imposed an additional seven years suspended time on each charge, conditioned upon Sampson’s good behavior and his successful completion of seven years supervised probation upon his release from prison. Sampson was further ordered to pay restitution in excess of $130,000 to the victims in this case.
Sampson has a prior felony criminal conviction for grand larceny in Maryland.