Nigerian Man Sentenced to 46 Months for Stealing Over $1 Million from U.S. Government

By Hayden Sparks | The Texan

A federal judge in Sherman has sentenced a Nigerian national to 46 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to multiple criminal charges for bilking more than $1 million from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

In July 2021, Shalom Ayotunde, 39, was convicted on charges of passport fraud, false claim to U.S. citizenship, wire fraud, and making a false statement to a financial institution. Judge Amos L. Mazzant III sentenced Ayotunde on Thursday and ordered him to pay more than $1 million in restitution, per the DOJ.