Callaway County Business Owner Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Fraud Case

Business Owner Sentenced to Prison for PPP Fraud Scheme

Scott Allen Maples, a business owner from Kingdom City, Missouri, was sentenced to 18 months in prison without parole on Monday after pleading guilty to a federal fraud charge. In addition to his prison sentence, Maples was ordered to pay $684,034 in restitution to the Small Business Administration.

Maples confessed to fraudulently obtaining Paycheck Protection Program loans for multiple businesses. The program was established by Congress to assist businesses in paying their employees during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maples submitted applications with inaccurate and inflated payroll expenses, as well as modified bank statements and tax forms. In total, he received $673,127 in loans.

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