Former Fruit Of Loom Exec Sentenced For Fraud, Money Laundering

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- A former Fruit of the Loom executive and two other south-central Kentucky residents have been sentenced in a scheme to defraud Kentucky-based Fruit of the Loom.

Prosecutors say 45-year-old former company executive Kalen Wade Watkins of Alvaton was sentenced to ten years and one month for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

And 33-year-old Laura Leigh Wells of Bowling Green was sentenced to one year and one day, and 36-year-old Tyrone Nathaniel Tackett of Bowling Green was sentenced to one year and three months for conspiring to defraud the underwear manufacturer.

Prosecutors say Watkins previously pleaded guilty to a scheme in which, as Fruit of the Loom's environmental director, he hired companies owned by several co-conspirators to perform services for the company and approved inflated invoices from the companies.

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