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Arkansas man gets 2 years in prison for virus relief fraud


December 9, 2020

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Walmart manager has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for fraudulently seeking more than $8 million in small business loans intended for coronavirus relief in Oklahoma.

Tulsa authorities said Benjamin Hayford, 32, sought forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Hayford, of Centerton, Arkansas, was a senior manager, global technology operations and portfolio at Walmart. He went to numerous banks, providing lenders with fake documents so t...

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