Brenda Blair, 48, of Gentry has been sentenced to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay $551,343 restitution for money stolen from Tyson Inc. when she managed a health insurance benefit plan at Tyson Foods in Springale from June 2005 to September 2014.

The sentence by federal Judge Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville on one count of wire fraud, a result of a plea agreement, was announced by Acting Western District U.S. Attorney Kenneth Elser. 

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Blair was charged with generating fraudulent payments in the name of retiree participants in the plan but putting the money in her own bank accounts.

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