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Barry Minkow
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Outlaw
    (March 17, 1967- )
    Born in Reseda, California
    Founded the carpet cleaning company ZZZZ Best (1983)
    Defrauded investors of $100 million
    When carpet cleaning did not bring in enough money, he resorted to check kiting, fraudulent credit card charges, staging a break-in at his offices and stealing his grandmother's jewelry.
    He then faked a series of insurance restoration jobs and turned ZZZZ Best into a Ponzi scheme to fleece investors.
    To fool investors, he created phony paper trails, established a fake appraisal company to vouch for his jobs, and presented other companies' restoration jobs as ZZZZ Best's.
    An LAPD investigation found evidence that ZZZZ Best was used to launder money for narcotics dealers.
    After being arrested, he found God and became born again.
    At 18, he became the youngest person to take a company public (January, 1986).
    Being born again seems to have stuck, as he established a prison ministry and continued as a pastor after his release.
    He and his wife adopted two children from Guatemala.

Credit: C. Fishel


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