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Man Pleads Guilty To COVID Relief Fraud

(Portland, OR)  --  A Sweet Home man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently getting 600-thousand dollars in COVID-19 pandemic business relief money.  Court records show 39-year-old Russell Schort entered the guilty plea last week.  Prosecutors say Schort was working with Andrew Lloyd of Lebanon.  They allegedly claimed to have a business that did three-million dollars in sales a year and had 56 employees.  As part of Schort's plea deal, he'll pay nearly 295-thousand dollars to the federal government.  He could face 30 years in prison and a million dollar fine when he's sentenced.

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