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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A judge has denied Kevin Calmes a request for a new trial and ordered him to report to jail February 6, 2013 to begin his 30 month sentence.

Calmes and Calmes Motorsports were sentenced for their convictions in August 2012. Kevin Calmes was convicted of money laundering, one count of failure to file required reports of cash transactions, and three counts of structuring transactions in order to evade cash reporting requirements.

Calmes Motorsports was convicted of one count of failure to file required reports of cash transactions and three counts of structuring transactions in order to evade cash reporting requirements.

Calmes had filed a request for a new trial claiming the discovery of new evidence. United States District Judge Lance Africk, in a six page opinion, rejected Calmes' request.

Kevin Calmes was sentenced to 30 months in prison, two years of supervised release, and forfeiture of all property involved in, or used to facilitate, the money laundering and structuring transactions, including forfeiture of nearly $25,000 associated with the sale of two particular motorcycles.

According to court records, Calmes negotiated and knowingly approved of sales with known drug traffickers, and took various actions to conceal their spending of large amounts of cash generated from narcotics trafficking. He was the sales manager of Calmes Motorsports, L.L.C.

Calmes Motorsports, L.L.C. was sentenced to pay a fine of $500,000, placed on probation for three years, and ordered to forfeit property involved in, or used to facilitate, the money laundering and structuring transactions. As a condition of probation, the company was also sentenced to certain conditions which will monitor their finances and business operation.

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