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A former fashion entrepreneur who ran a Michigan boutique and
once designed fur capes for celebrities was sentenced in
federal court Friday to 17 1/2 years in prison for
defrauding two banks of $26 million.

Ilene Ruth Moses, 70, of Las Vegas, also was ordered to repay
$15.9 million.

After being indicted in 1996 and tried after years of delays,
Moses had been convicted in February of 52 counts of fraud,
false statements, money laundering and conspiracy related to
a complex international textile scam, the Detroit Free Press
and Detroit News reported Friday.

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