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November 2, 1988
When the ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning company hit Wall Street, the firm was in debt for $7 million and was in the control of mobsters, Barry Minkow testified Tuesday at his securities fraud trial. Minkow said he conducted "a road show" to sell investors on the financial wonders of ZZZZ Best in 1986 as he prepared a $15-million stock offering for the company, whose sales were inflated with made-up jobs repairing flood and fire damage to buildings for insurance companies.
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November 10, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Splash, the tony Malibu restaurant that Los Angeles police investigators charged was an organized-crime front, should have its liquor license revoked because of a cover-up of its true ownership, according to a proposed decision by an administrative law judge. "It is still not clear just who owns how much of the business," Administrative Law Judge W.F. Byrnes said in a three-page proposed ruling, dated Oct. 12 and made public Thursday by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Splash, the tony Malibu restaurant that Los Angeles police investigators charged was an organized-crime front, should have its liquor license revoked because of a cover-up of its true ownership, according to a proposed decision by an administrative law judge. "It is still not clear just who owns how much of the business," Administrative Law Judge W.F. Byrnes said in a three-page proposed ruling, dated Oct. 12 and made public Thursday by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
An attorney for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control argued Monday that the liquor license for the Malibu restaurant Splash should be revoked because the popular hangout for show business personalities is secretly controlled by two San Fernando Valley businessmen with criminal records. "We know the people involved are dirty," attorney David B. Wainstein told an ABC license hearing in Los Angeles conducted by Administrative Law Judge William F. Byrnes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
An attorney for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control argued Monday that the liquor license for the Malibu restaurant Splash should be revoked because the popular hangout for show business personalities is secretly controlled by two San Fernando Valley businessmen with criminal records. "We know the people involved are dirty," attorney David B. Wainstein told an ABC license hearing in Los Angeles conducted by Administrative Law Judge William F. Byrnes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Fallen carpet-cleaning mogul Barry Minkow was portrayed on Tuesday as a consummate swindler driven by insatiable greed and a limitless ego and not--as Minkow has insisted--a vulnerable young man intimidated by mobsters into a life of crime. The 22-year-old Minkow, Assistant U.S. Atty. Gordon A. Greenberg told a Los Angeles federal court jury, "is a natural predator. . . . (Minkow) knows how to manipulate people and he does it well. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Now that a federal court jury has convicted Barry Minkow, law enforcement officials are shifting into what they call "Phase 2" of the prosecutions stemming from the collapse of Minkow's ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning company. Still pending are the results of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, a possible second look at the evidence by a federal grand jury and the long-promised culmination of an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
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October 17, 1995 | Times Wire Services
A former executive with the NFL pleaded guilty in Los Angeles Monday to one count of mail fraud for his role in a scheme to defraud the league of $350,000. Michael Ornstein admitted to submitting fraudulent invoices for goods the NFL never received.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1988 | United Press International
A reputed Mafia member and an ex-prosecutor refused to testify Friday in the securities fraud trial of former carpet cleaning entrepreneur Barry Minkow, claiming that their statements might incriminate them. Robert Victor, a reputed member of the Colombo organized crime family, and Edward Consiglio, a former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, both invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in separate hearings outside the presence of the jury.
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May 3, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Splash, a fashionable Malibu restaurant which Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates once alleged was a conduit for laundering drug money, has been ordered by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Department to surrender its liquor license by May 24. ABC Director Jay Stroh said he made the decision to revoke the license "based on our independent investigation" that almost half of Splash's stock was transferred to two individuals with criminal records without his agency's knowledge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Now that a federal court jury has convicted Barry Minkow, law enforcement officials are shifting into what they call "Phase 2" of the prosecutions stemming from the collapse of Minkow's ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning company. Still pending are the results of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, a possible second look at the evidence by a federal grand jury and the long-promised culmination of an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Fallen carpet-cleaning mogul Barry Minkow was portrayed on Tuesday as a consummate swindler driven by insatiable greed and a limitless ego and not--as Minkow has insisted--a vulnerable young man intimidated by mobsters into a life of crime. The 22-year-old Minkow, Assistant U.S. Atty. Gordon A. Greenberg told a Los Angeles federal court jury, "is a natural predator. . . . (Minkow) knows how to manipulate people and he does it well. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1988
When the ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning company hit Wall Street, the firm was in debt for $7 million and was in the control of mobsters, Barry Minkow testified Tuesday at his securities fraud trial. Minkow said he conducted "a road show" to sell investors on the financial wonders of ZZZZ Best in 1986 as he prepared a $15-million stock offering for the company, whose sales were inflated with made-up jobs repairing flood and fire damage to buildings for insurance companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
State investigators have moved to revoke the liquor license of the stylish Malibu restaurant Splash--named by police as a target of a money-laundering investigation involving the scandal-ridden ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The detective who has headed the Los Angeles police investigation into Barry Minkow's ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning company confirmed Tuesday that at least six of the purported organized crime figures, who Minkow has said extorted him for control of his company, are targets of an investigation into the company's collapse.
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