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Joe Gibson sentenced to prison in wire fraud case

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After pleading guilty to three counts of federal wire fraud, former Upstate car salesman Joe Gibson and another man were sentenced to prison on Wednesday.

Paul "Joe" Gibson, 58, of Spartanburg and Billy Mills Jr., 46, of Huntersville, NC, were sentenced in federal court in Anderson after pleading guilty in January.

Gibson received six months in prison followed by six months home confinement and Mills was sentenced to one year in prison by United States District Judge Timothy Cain.

Seven others also pleaded guilty in connection with the operation of Suzuki dealerships in Spartanburg and Gaffney, SC, operating under the name of Joe Gibson Suzuki.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the car dealership used illegal practices including false advertising, making false statements to induce banks to finance uncreditworthy purchasers and false reporting of sales to generate bonuses from Suzuki of North America.

Mills ran the day-to-day operations of the dealership owned by Gibson, which is no longer in business.

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