PASADENA — Promoter Paul Howard Hammack has pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges that he wrote bad checks to such sports celebrities as Mickey Mantle and failed to pay other bills during a 1990 sports memorabilia event he put on at the Pasadena Center.
Under the plea agreement involving 19 felony counts and one misdemeanor, Pasadena Superior Court Judge J. Michael Byrne last Friday said he would sentence Hammack, 44, to four years in state prison. Hammack pleaded guilty to 11 counts and no contest to nine, including the misdemeanor.
Hammack, who called himself Ernest Dent while organizing the Pasadena show, also agreed to pay back the celebrities and vendors who lost more than $100,000, Deputy Dist. Atty. Nancy Naftel said.
Investigators alleged that Hammack wrote bad checks to such baseball stars as Mantle, Ernie Banks, Don Drysdale and Steve Garvey, who appeared at the Pasadena memorabilia show. He also failed to pay a hotel and the companies that provided security, travel and printing services for the show, which attracted thousands of enthusiasts, authorities said.