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Tenn. man pleads guilty to fraud

Tenn. man pleads guilty to fraud

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008 9:06 pm

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a Tennessee man has pleaded guilty to bank fraud, mail fraud and money laundering after admitting to misusing a loan from a bank and the Tennessee Valley Authority. U.S. Attorney David Huber said in a statement Tuesday that 62-year-old Lloyd Aaron Smith of Dyersburg entered the plea in federal court in Paducah. He is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 14. Smith and a co-defendant, Neal Gordon Wall of Newbern, obtained $5.5 million in loans from Citizens Bank in Hickman and the Tennessee Valley Authority in the fall of 2003 with a restriction that the money be used for the operation of a textile plant, Hickman Mills. Smith admitted to using the money for unrelated businesses. Wall has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled to begin on Nov. 3 in Paducah. Published in The Messenger 10.16.08

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