ATLANTA — An Atlanta reality TV star has been sentenced to almost two decades in prison for conspiracy and wire fraud related to a Ponzi scheme.

Maurice Fayne, 38, who starred in Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say that from 2013 to 2020, Fayne ran a Ponzi scheme in several states that defrauded more than 20 people who invested in his trucking business.

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Investors thought that Fayne was using the money to run the business as he promised, but he was using the money to fund his extravagant lifestyle. At one point, he spent $5 million of investors’ money at an Oklahoma casino.

In April 2020, Fayne submitted a $3.7 million PPP loan application that falsely claimed his business had 107 employees and nearly $1.5 million in monthly payroll.

“Fayne planned to use the PPP program as a cover for his long-running Ponzi scheme,” said Acting U.S. Attorney…

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