An Atlanta business owner was sentenced to three years in prisonlast week for running a home equity loan fraud scheme that led tolosses of nearly $3 million for the $82 billion Navy Federal Credit Union.

U. S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton also ordered Thomas ScottBrown, 47, to pay $2.7 million in restitution and to serve fiveyears of supervised released following his prison term. He pleadedguilty in May to one felony count of bank fraud and one felonycount to making a false statement to a financial institution.

Federal prosecutors said Brown ran an investment propertiescompany in Macon, Ga.

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