Man gets 4 years in prison in Winston-Salem ad fraud case

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for his role in scam involving a Winston-Salem advertising business.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported ( Thursday that 42-year-old William John Grizack was sentenced Thursday to between four years and nine months and six years and nine months in prison.

Grizack was convicted in March of falsifying $269 million in contracts so he could become a partner at Pave Advertising and Design LLC in Winston-Salem.

Prosecutors say Grizack faked emails and phone calls and created phony invoices to cover up the fact that he falsified contracts with Coca-Cola and Brown-Forman, which makes liquors such as Jack Daniels.

The fraud also involved McKinney Ventures LLC in Durham. The companies recruited 40 people for jobs that turned out to not exist.


Information from: Winston-Salem Journal,

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