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A Gardena man was sentenced Monday to 13 1/2 years in federal prison for running a multi-year scam in which he fraudulently obtained nearly $1 million in business loans by setting up shell corporations — complete with people paid to pose as fake corporate “officers” – that deceived small business lenders into believing they were legitimate companies.

Troy Rustill Stroud, 54, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson, who also ordered him to pay $968,169 in restitution.

Stroud pleaded guilty last August to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He has been in federal custody since his…

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