Brother of Man Accused of Stealing $300M From Honduran Government Gets 46 Months for Money Laundering

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The brother of a man accused of stealing more than $300 million from the Honduran government was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison Wednesday in New Orleans.

Carlos Zelaya stood quietly in his orange jail jumpsuit as U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman pronounced the sentence, which included no fine but three years of probation if Zelaya is not deported after his prison term ends.

Earlier this year, Zelaya pleaded guilty to helping launder more than $1 million in bribes that his brother, Mario Zelaya, had taken while he headed a Honduran social services agency. The Zelayas used the funds to purchase property on the north shore, including houses, apartments and a used car dealership south of Covington.

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