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Scam PAC operator gets prison sentence


A man behind both a scam PAC and a fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loan scheme was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to repay $1.4 million. James Kyle Bell, stole government pandemic relief aid while also conning supporters of both then-president Donald Trump and eventual victor Joe Biden in the 2020 presidenti­al election, U.S. prosecutor­s in Washington said.

Bell, prosecutor­s said, was the first scam PAC operator to be sentenced in federal court in Washington, as well as the first PPP loan fraud defendant. Bell’s sentence fell between U.S. prosecutor­s’ recommenda­tion of a 6½-year prison term and a defense request for 16 months of home incarcerat­ion.

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