LeNature's chief's lavish lifestyle sold off
By Richard Gazarik
Published: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Gregory and Karla Podlucky accumulated high-end furniture, pricey crystal and collectible toy trains in their Ligonier Township home during their 32-year marriage.
With the bang of an auctioneer's gavel, everything was gone.
Last month, auctioneer Larry Hendrick sold the Podluckys' furnishings and household items to satisfy a lien obtained by a North Carolina woodworking company that worked on the so-called training center that former CEO Gregory Podlucky was building when his firm, LeNature's Inc. in Latrobe, was forced into bankruptcy in 2006.
The Podluckys' residence is for sale through Howard Hanna Real Estate at a listed price of $695,000. The hilltop home, in the Loyalhanna development on Route 711, is on 7.3 acres and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, according to the listing.
Among the items sold at auction were Ethan Allen furniture, a pool table, three flat-screen televisions, Waterford and Lenox crystal, lawn tools, patio furniture, a surround sound system, carpets, toy trains and model cars, and kitchen appliances, according to an inventory filed with Westmoreland County court.
A collection of men's shoes (size 12) and a collection of designer men's clothing went to the highest bidder. Gregory Podlucky once spent $45,000 in one year buying shoes, even though he listed his salary from LeNature's at $50,000, federal court records show.
The most unusual item was a pallet filled with bags of sugar, according to the inventory.
The amount of money the auction netted could not be determined Wednesday.
Podlucky, 52, is serving a 20-year prison term at Fort Dix, N.J., since pleading guilty last year to fraud and money laundering for his role in the theft of more than $860 million from banks and other lenders in a massive fraud scheme.
Zepsa Industries of Charlotte held a lien against the Podluckys for work the company did on a lavish structure that Gregory Podlucky was building near his home. The $3 million contract with Zepsa was to provide custom millwork, cabinets and paneling. Podlucky claimed it was a training center for his employees, but it was going to be his home, according to federal court records in Pittsburgh.
A Westmoreland County judge appointed a receiver to oversee an inventory of the Podluckys' possessions. The receiver was discharged June 20, according to court filings. Zepsa was owed more than $624,000 for the work and obtained a judgment against the Podluckys. In December 2011, the Podluckys signed a consent order transferring the deed for the property to 277 Sunrise Lane Holding Co., the address of the property, which was set up by Zepsa's attorney, Ronald Hicks Jr. of Pittsburgh. Hicks did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
The elaborate structure — it has six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, eight half-bathrooms and seven fireplaces — sits on 4.7 acres and had been listed for sale for $2.4 million. It is now subject to a county Tax Claim Bureau sale.
The house was scheduled to be sold in September 2011, but the receiver blocked the sale, claiming the market value of the house is $500,000, not the $1.1 million that the county had listed.
Attorney Tim Andrews, who represents the Tax Claim Bureau, said now that the receiver has been discharged, he would like to sell the property this year.
“Our intention is to proceed with a tax sale as soon as we can,” Andrews said.
The Podluckys' residence was not part of the criminal and civil legal actions in federal court in Pittsburgh during the past six years.
The federal investigation also resulted in convictions of Gregory Podlucky's wife, son and brother and other company executives. All are in federal prisons.
• Karla Podlucky, 51, is serving four years and three months at a prison for women in Alderson, W.Va.
• Son, Jesse, 31, nine years in Yankton, S.D.
• Gregory's brother, Jonathan Podlucky, 38, five years in Big Sandy, Ky.
• LeNature's executives Andrew Murin, 56, 10 years in Hazelton, W.Va., and Robert Lynn, 68, 15 years in Loretto in Cambria County.
• Tammy Andreycak, 44, LeNature's director of accounting, five years at Alderson.
Richard Gazarik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6292 or at email@example.com.
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