Son of Pa. Le-Nature's CEO gets 9 years in fraud


PITTSBURGH (AP) — The son of the former head of defunct Pennsylvania soft drink maker, Le-Nature's Inc., was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his role in laundering millions of stolen money through jewels later sold at auction.

Thirty-one-year-old G. Jesse Podlucky was immediately taken into custody after the sentence Thursday in Pittsburgh. His mother, 50-year-old Karla Podlucky, will be sentenced later in the day for her role. Senior U.S. District Judge Alan Bloch already has ruled that neither is eligible for probation.

They were convicted of money laundering in November for their role in selling $2.8 million worth of gems through Sotheby's in New York. The jewels were bought with money ex-CEO Gregory Podlucky took in an accounting scheme that bankrupted the Latrobe company.