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February 28, 1990 | JONATHAN KIRSCH
Wonder Boy: Barry Minkow--The Kid Who Swindled Wall Street by Daniel Akst (Scribner's: $19.95, 288 pages). Faking It in America: Barry Minkow and the Great ZZZZ Best Scam by Joe Domanick (Contemporary Books: $19.95, 288 pages). Barry Minkow was a crude but gifted young hype artist from Reseda who scammed a couple of hundred million dollars in a vast Ponzi scheme that masqueraded as a carpet-cleaning business called ZZZZ Best Co.
March 13, 1997 | BARRY STAVRO
Barry Minkow, 30, was voted class clown by his graduating class at Cleveland High School in Reseda. In 1987 he proved that he deserved it, after his Reseda company, ZZZZ Best, collapsed like a house of cards. Minkow and his associates hoodwinked Wall Street firms, investors, accountants and lawyers through an elaborate series of cover-ups into believing that his company had won multimillion-dollar damage- cleanup contracts.
July 7, 1988
A business associate of ZZZZ Best founder Barry Minkow pleaded guilty Wednesday to stock fraud and admitted helping the whiz kid entrepreneur launder funds stolen from the Reseda carpet-cleaning company. Jerry Polevoi, 41, of Woodland Hills, was the eighth man to plead guilty in a securities fraud case stemming from the July, 1987, collapse of ZZZZ Best. Minkow, 22, and three other men face trial Aug.
August 7, 1994
"In the Shadow of the '80s" (July 31) can easily lead to a harmful misconception of the teachings of the Jewish faith. Such phrases as " . . . he has renounced crime and found Jesus" and "he's banking on his dramatic conversion from Judaism to make a comeback" suggest that somehow crime and Judaism go together and that only by renouncing his faith through a "dramatic" conversion could he start a crime-free life. Neither Judaism nor its daughter religion, Christianity, teaches or countenances wickedness.
From the moment authorities tried to brand him as the mob-connected mastermind behind the fraud-ridden ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning company, Maurice Rind issued a challenge: "They can investigate . . . until the world comes to an end, and they wouldn't come up with nothin'." Then, for nearly seven years, it looked like he might pull it off.
February 21, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE
The stack of documents filed with a congressional committee by Los Angeles police deals another blow to the carefully cultivated image of Barry Minkow, founder of the ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning company. Minkow, 21, promoted himself as an all-American figure--the handsome, muscular "Rocky of rug cleaning" who eschewed liquor and drugs. He insisted on drug tests for his employees and donated tens of thousands of dollars to anti-drug programs.
December 3, 1988
After 50 days of testimony in a Los Angeles federal courtroom, the questioning of witnesses concluded Friday in the trial of Barry Minkow, the one-time millionaire whiz kid who is accused in a 57-count indictment of staging an elaborate securities hoax through his ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning company. Closing arguments by the prosecutor and Minkow's defense attorney are scheduled Tuesday. The jury was expected to receive its instructions from U.S.
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