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Laura Pendergest-Holt, former chief investment officer for R. Allen Stanford's now defunct financial empire, right, and attorney Chris Flood arrive at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Houston. Pendergest-Holt, 38, pleaded guilty for her role in helping the once jet-setting businessman bilk investors out of more than $7 billion. As part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, Pendergest-Holt pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proceeding in exchange for a three-year prison sentence. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)

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