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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.
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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
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
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
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.
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July 9, 1987 | BARRY STAVRO, Times Staff Writer
Barry Minkow, the 21-year-old whiz kid entrepreneur who founded the ZZZZ Best carpet-cleaning firm, was part of a nationwide narcotics money-laundering operation with ties to organized crime, Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates said Wednesday. Gates said a three-month investigation found that eight other individuals and organized crime families in New York used ZZZZ Best and four other Los Angeles businesses as "fronts for laundering large organized crime profits from narcotic trafficking."
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February 21, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
As Maurice Rind told it to the Los Angeles Police Department's organized crime investigators, "We were protecting the kid from being extorted by everybody. . . . We didn't want the kid to get shook down. We were the police force." "The kid" was Barry Minkow, who turned his Reseda-based ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning company into a hot stock on Wall Street, but who now is in Terminal Island federal prison awaiting trial on federal racketeering and fraud charges.
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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May 5, 1994 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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