REPORT: Stanford officer Pendergest Holt said to have plea deal

By Bloomberg

Laura Pendergest Holt, the former chief investment officer for R. Allen Stanford, has agreed to plead guilty and serve three years in prison for her role in a $7 billion fraud, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Pendergest Holt, 38, will plead guilty to a single obstruction charge, said one of the people, all of whom asked not to be identified because the plea agreement isn’t public. Other media are reporting the agreement.

Pendergest Holt has denied wrongdoing. Dan Cogdell, her lead attorney, didn’t return phone and e-mail messages yesterday seeking comment on a plea agreement, the report says. Pendergest Holt is scheduled for re-arraignment on July 21 in federal court in Houston, according to court records.

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