NEW YORK — Ten years after a massive accounting fraud was uncovered at apparel powerhouse The Leslie Fay Cos. Inc., its former chief executive officer, Paul Polishan, has moved closer to spending time in jail.

U.S. attorney Thomas Marino, in Harrisburg, Pa., said that Polishan, convicted in July 2000 for orchestrating an elaborate $131 million financial fraud that ultimately led to Leslie Fay’s bankruptcy in April 1993, is expected to begin serving his nine-year sentence now that the federal appeals court hearing his appeal has affirmed his conviction and sentence.

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