Former Fruit of Loom Executive Sentenced for Fraud, Money Laundering

A former Fruit of the Loom executive and two other south-central Kentucky residents have been sentenced in a scheme to defraud Bowling Green-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.

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