25-Year Employee Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Tyson Of Half A Million

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A former Tyson Foods employee pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud on Friday (Sept. 4).

Brenda Ann Blair, 47, of Gentry, implemented a scheme to defraud her employer of more than $550,000, according to a press release from the U.S. District Court in Fayetteville. Court records showed that Blair’s scheme lasted more than nine years, starting in June 2005 and going through September 2014.

She arranged fraudulent wire transfers to her bank account to steal money using the company’s health benefits plan, which she managed. Blair said she had no accomplices.

Blair worked at Tyson for more than 25 years before her termination.


  • Darrell Cravens

    How much does Tyson pay their employees that works on the line?
    I imagine they pay their employs around the same wages that wal- mart pays theirs.
    $7.50 an hour?
    How many of them are U.S. citizens?

    • Danny Turner

      Starting pay at Tyson’s at least here in Berryville averages about $12.50 for reg line work. $10.25 is the lowest and if you start in other areas it is as much as $15 an hour. Most are US citizens a few are here on work visa’s. All paperwork is checked twice a year at least by INS. At least it was when I was an engineer there…and my starting pay was a lot more than $15 an hour.

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