Appeals court upholds convictions of wife, son of former LeNature's CEO
Federal prosecutors presented a jury with more than enough evidence to support its verdict convicting the wife and son of Gregory Podlucky on money laundering charges, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
A three-judge panel denied appeals by Karla Podlucky, 53, and Jesse Podlucky, 33, who claimed the 12-person jury shouldn't have convicted them based on the evidence the government presented during a four-week trial in 2011.
The jury convicted them of helping Gregory Podlucky, 54, auction $2.9 million worth of diamonds and sapphires to help cover his legal costs. Podlucky bought the gems with part of the $628 million he bilked from investors in the LeNature's Inc. scandal. The jury also convicted Karla Podlucky of attempting to impede the government investigation of the fraud.
Gregory Podlucky, the company's former CEO, pleaded guilty to bank, wire, mail and tax fraud and is serving a 20-year prison sentence. Jesse Podlucky is serving a sentence of nine years; Karla Podlucky is serving a sentence of four years and three months.
Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-325-4301 or email@example.com.
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