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January 27, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND
The day before he was to go to court, Joe (Mac) Duffy, a handsome Scot accused of bilking more than $100,000 from rich, unsuspecting women around the globe, married one of his alleged victims so that Orange County prosecutors couldn't force her to testify. Sylvianne Lestringant, 41, a woman 13 years Duffy's senior who walks with a cane, said she loves him and forgives him.
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March 28, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A dapper man in a red Porsche pulls alongside an attractive woman driving a Mercedes. He waves, smiles, jokingly challenges her to race and tosses her his car phone number so they can talk, cellular-to-cellular. In film-speak, that might qualify as a cute meet, a prelude to romance among the rich and well-coiffed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1990 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe (Mac) Duffy says his life in the fast lane came to a stop the night he was arrested last November. The man Newport Beach police accuse of bilking rich, beautiful women out of thousands of dollars was wearing a black $1,000 Armani coat, a Movado watch and $800 crocodile shoes.
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February 10, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE
A man accused of bilking several women, including his bride, of more than $100,000 was arraigned on theft charges Friday in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana. Joseph (Mac) Duffy, 28, appeared briefly in court to be formally charged with four counts of grand theft. He pleaded not guilty. Duffy, a self-proclaimed professional golfer whose wife said he is trying to repay his debts by teaching the sport at a Florida country club, remained free on $40,000 bail.
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July 10, 1990 | WENDY PAULSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge on Monday ruled that a 29-year-old man who allegedly posed as a wealthy investor, romanced women and conned them out of thousands of dollars could withdraw guilty pleas to three charges of grand theft and enter new pleas in a lower court. Immediately after the ruling, Joseph (Mac) Duffy appeared in Newport Harbor Municipal Court and pleaded not guilty to the same three counts, Deputy Dist. Atty. Bob Van Dyke said.
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July 6, 1990 | FRANK MESSINA
After standing by her husband, Joseph (Mac) Duffy, the reputed con man charged with swindling women out of their savings to lead a life of luxury, Sylvianne Lestringant had his bail revoked so she could use the money for an investment, her private investigator said Thursday. Reclaiming her Laguna Niguel home that had backed the $40,000 bond she posted for Duffy's bail, Lestringant watched as private investigators and Orange County sheriff's deputies led him away Wednesday.
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August 9, 1990 | TONY MARCANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Self-described gigolo Joseph (Mac) Duffy, who allegedly has bilked women all over the world of $160,000, was released from jail Wednesday under a strict, three-year probation agreement. Duffy, who pleaded guilty to four counts of grand theft for con schemes in Orange County, was given a two-year state prison sentence by Superior Court Judge Richard L. Weatherspoon. The sentence was suspended under the terms of the probation agreement, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Jeff Ferguson.
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July 25, 1990 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First, he lost his Rolls-Royce and his freedom. Then, he lost his new wife, who was supposed to help protect him from the legal system. And on Tuesday, Joseph (Mac) Duffy, the self-described "gigolo" whose wily ways with women and their money have been chronicled on "A Current Affair," even lost his attorney. Defense attorney Jerry Steering declared a conflict of interest and, under prodding from a judge, took himself off the already-prolonged case, delaying it at least through next month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1990 | WENDY PAULSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge on Monday ruled that a 29-year-old man who allegedly posed as a wealthy investor, romanced women and conned them out of thousands of dollars could withdraw guilty pleas to three charges of grand theft and enter new pleas in a lower court. Immediately after the ruling, Joseph (Mac) Duffy appeared in Newport Harbor Municipal Court and pleaded not guilty to the same three counts, Deputy Dist. Atty. Bob Van Dyke said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1990 | FRANK MESSINA
After standing by her husband, Joseph (Mac) Duffy, the reputed con man charged with swindling women out of their savings to lead a life of luxury, Sylvianne Lestringant had his bail revoked so she could use the money for an investment, her private investigator said Thursday. Reclaiming her Laguna Niguel home that had backed the $40,000 bond she posted for Duffy's bail, Lestringant watched as private investigators and Orange County sheriff's deputies led him away Wednesday.
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May 9, 1990 | LUZ VILLARREAL
A trial for Joseph (Mac) Duffy--a self-proclaimed professional golfer who was accused of bilking several women, including his wife, out of about $58,000--was scheduled Tuesday for June 5. Three of four grand theft charges originally filed against Duffy were dropped after pretrial hearings, said his attorney, Jerry L. Steering.
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August 9, 1990 | TONY MARCANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Self-described gigolo Joseph (Mac) Duffy, who allegedly has bilked women all over the world of $160,000, was released from jail Wednesday under a strict, three-year probation agreement. Duffy, who pleaded guilty to four counts of grand theft for con schemes in Orange County, was given a two-year state prison sentence by Superior Court Judge Richard L. Weatherspoon. The sentence was suspended under the terms of the probation agreement, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Jeff Ferguson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1990 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First, he lost his Rolls-Royce and his freedom. Then, he lost his new wife, who was supposed to help protect him from the legal system. And on Tuesday, Joseph (Mac) Duffy, the self-described "gigolo" whose wily ways with women and their money have been chronicled on "A Current Affair," even lost his attorney. Defense attorney Jerry Steering declared a conflict of interest and, under prodding from a judge, took himself off the already-prolonged case, delaying it at least through next month.
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March 15, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She was driving down Coast Highway on a sunny Newport Beach day, wondering why all the good men were married or unemployed. And then he pulled alongside her, darkly handsome at the wheel of a red Porsche Carrera. He fixed his eyes on her and, with a half smile, asked her to race. She declined, but he continued to flirt. She finally pulled over. He said his name was Mac Duffy. Would she have lunch with him? She couldn't, but invited him over to dinner.
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