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April 6, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Testifying under a grant of immunity from prosecution in the tax evasion trial of reputed mobster Salvatore Pisello, the chief financial officer of MCA Records on Tuesday detailed a series of unusual financial transactions between Pisello and MCA in 1984 and 1985. Dan McGill, the senior vice president of finance for the MCA Music Entertainment Group, testified in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that he accepted on MCA's behalf three undated $60,000 checks from Pisello in early 1985.
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April 6, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Testifying under a grant of immunity from prosecution in the tax evasion trial of reputed mobster Salvatore Pisello, the chief financial officer of MCA Records on Tuesday detailed a series of unusual financial transactions between Pisello and MCA in 1984 and 1985. Dan McGill, the senior vice president of finance for the MCA Music Entertainment Group, testified in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that he accepted on MCA's behalf three undated $60,000 checks from Pisello in early 1985.
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BUSINESS
May 10, 1985 | Wm. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
A report by internal corporate auditors of MCA Inc. indicates that MCA Records was more deeply involved with reputed organized crime figure Salvatore Pisello than previously revealed in court. The Los Angeles-based entertainment firm's auditors recently prepared a nine-page confidential report filled with details of the record unit's dealings with Pisello, who last month was sentenced to two years in prison for income-tax evasion.
BUSINESS
April 9, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Reputed organized crime figure Salvatore Pisello was found guilty on two counts of income tax evasion Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The verdict was handed down by U.S. District Judge William J. Rea, who presided over the non-jury trial. Pisello faces a maximum of a $100,000 fine and five years in prison on each of the counts, which cover income for 1984 and 1985. Earlier Friday, Judge Rea dismissed a third count of tax evasion for the year 1983.
SPORTS
August 16, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
It wasn't exactly the Olympics, but for Scott Johnson and Tim Daggett, it was the next-best thing. Johnson won the all-around gold medal in men's gymnastics Saturday, setting a Pan American Games record with 116.25 points, while Daggett took home the bronze medal just six months after rupturing a disk in his neck. Johnson and Daggett are the only members of the 1984 Olympic gold medal-winning United States team still on the national squad.
BUSINESS
September 6, 1989
Irving Azoff, one of the record industry's best-known executives, resigned as chairman of MCA Inc.'s music entertainment group after months of speculation that he would leave MCA. The outspoken executive was succeeded by Al Teller, a former CBS Records president who joined MCA last year as president and chief operating officer of the record group. Azoff said he is in talks with MCA and others about plans to form a music-oriented company with interests in film and sports.
NEWS
January 22, 1989
For nearly four years, the case of U.S. vs. Salvatore Pisello went nowhere in the Los Angeles office of the Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force. Pisello, identified by the FBI as a member of New York's Gambino crime family, was suspected of lying on his 1979 federal income tax return and evading taxes on $50,000 he earned that year as a regional sales representative for Hillshire Farms Sausage.
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