September 2, 1994 |
More Charges Filed Against Lefkowitz: A federal grand jury in Minneapolis has brought two new criminal charges against Gary Lefkowitz, former president of Citi Equity Corp. of Culver City. Lefkowitz was charged in May with 45 counts of fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion and obstruction of justice. The indictment alleged that he engaged in a scheme to bilk developers, investors and the federal government out of as much as $50 million that was to be used to build low-income housing.
August 29, 1994 |
Housing experts and regulators say the misconduct alleged in the Gary Lefkowitz case does not indicate that the low-income housing tax-credit program is susceptible to easy abuse. But some government and industry officials acknowledge that regulatory oversight was minimal in the program's early years, when Lefkowitz was gaining a foothold as a syndicator of low-income housing projects.
December 11, 1995 |
Despite a two-hour plea for leniency, Beverly Hills lawyer Gary Lefkowitz has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for bilking investors in low-income housing projects out of $80 million. "I've never hurt a soul in my life," Lefkowitz said Friday after U.S. District Judge David Doty in Minneapolis imposed what prosecutors called a record punishment for white-collar crime. U.S. Atty.
August 29, 1994 |
Developer John Goodin hoped the rushed real estate deal he made on New Year's Eve 1990 would straighten out his shaky business affairs. Instead, it became a legal quagmire that soon pushed Goodin--and several partners--close to financial ruin. A year and a half later, the 47-year-old father of three found a way out. On the afternoon of June 10, 1992, Goodin walked into the bathroom of his Columbus home, put a 12-gauge shotgun to his face and pulled the trigger.
April 30, 1994 |
You just can't hate "I Hate Hamlet." It's as shamelessly superficial as its lead--a pretty-boy sitcom star who gets cast as Hamlet in New York's Shakespeare in the Park. But, hey, like the late Larry Shue, playwright Paul Rudnick knows where the laugh buttons are, and he pushes them like a virtuoso. Now in a pleasing production at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, "I Hate Hamlet" was Paul Rudnick's first hit when it opened on Broadway in 1991.
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October 12, 1999 |
Sometimes playwrights take unfair advantage of unwary actors and directors. Paul Rudnick does it twice in "I Hate Hamlet" at Orange Coast College's Drama Lab Studio. First, he has an actor playing Andrew Rally, a successful television actor who is about to go onstage as Hamlet for Joe Papp's Shakespeare in the Park in New York. A formidable task for a performer, to convince the audience that this small-screen actor is so talented he can handle Shakespeare.