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 (http://bit.ly/1sJaKp4) 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.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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