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October 16, 2015 | Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
Her money danced away If you're going to hide money when you declare bankruptcy, you can't be rich. You have to be very, very, very rich. "Dance Moms" star  Abby Lee Miller  found that out the hard way and has been charged with hiding $775,000 worth of income from her Lifetime network reality show and spin-off projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is what hedge-fund managers call chump change. Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh on Tuesday announced the bankruptcy-fraud indictment against Miller, formerly of Penn Hills.
SPORTS
May 7, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
LOS ANGELES - Former Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been indicted by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in a bankruptcy fraud case. The 48-year-old filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and is accused of later stealing and selling property from an $18.5 million estate. Federal prosecutors brought 13 counts against Dykstra, including bankruptcy fraud, obstruction of justice, concealing property from the bankruptcy estate and embezellment. If found guilty on all charges, Dykstra faces a maximum of 80 years in prison.
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June 24, 2013 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been released from a California prison after serving time for bankruptcy fraud. Dykstra, 50, who had a 12-year career with the New York Mets and Phillies, was freed, according to federal Bureau of Prisons records, but no other details were available. A message left for his attorney Christopher Dybwad was not immediately returned yesterday. Dykstra was sentenced in December to 6 1/2 months in prison for hiding baseball gloves and other heirlooms from his playing days that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing.
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June 29, 2012 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Federal prosecutors have entered a plea agreement with former Phillies and New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra in a case in which he is accused of bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement. Court records show the plea agreement was filed under seal Tuesday. Phone messages left for Dykstra's deputy federal public defender and the U.S. Attorney's Office were not immediately returned. Prosecutors said that after filing for bankruptcy, Dykstra hid, sold, or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.
NEWS
June 27, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Despite the bravado and sometimes delusion that has accompanied Lenny Dykstra's fall from grace, the former Phillies outfielder has decided to make a plea agreement in his federal bankruptcy case. Dykstra was facing more than 90 years in prison for bankruptcy fraud, obstruction of justice and money laundering. Prosecutors allege he took $400,000 worth of furnishings from his $18 million mansion in 2009 and sold them. Additional charges were added in April, regarding selling baseball equipment that prosecutors say was part of his bankruptcy estate.
SPORTS
May 7, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
LOS ANGELES - Former Phillies all-star outfielder Lenny Dykstra was indicted Friday by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in a bankruptcy fraud case. Dykstra, 48, filed for bankruptcy in 2009. He is accused of later removing, destroying, and selling property from his $18.5 million estate. According to the indictment, Dykstra looted his Sherwood Estates mansion in Thousand Oaks, Calif., lied to the bankruptcy trustee about who stripped it, and denied selling items owned by the bankruptcy estate.
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April 2, 2004 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was to great fanfare that veteran retailer Eliana Raspino announced in 1997 that she was going to fight social and business trends and bring fresh produce and groceries to the inner city. Raspino's dream of a chain of 15 modern stores in cities from Philadelphia to Trenton lasted just two years before her two West Philadelphia stores and one in Lambertville, N.J., closed and she filed for bankruptcy. Yesterday, Raspino's legal troubles multiplied as a federal grand jury in Philadelphia accused her and her boyfriend and former manager Robert A. Joyce with bankruptcy fraud and related charges for allegedly draining about $372,000 in assets from her foundering food stores.
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March 24, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, a Real Housewives of New Jersey star, is expected to begin a 41-month prison sentence Wednesday at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix on bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy charges. His wife, Teresa, who also pleaded guilty to fraud charges, was released in December from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., after serving nearly a year there. The couple are featured in the Bravo reality show, first telecast in 2009. They have four daughters.
NEWS
November 30, 1994 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A South Philadelphia auto-body shop owner with suspected mob ties was found guilty of racketeering charges yesterday in a mail and bankruptcy fraud scheme that involved false and inflated insurance claims. A U.S. District Court jury deliberated for about eight hours over two days before returning what amounted to a split verdict against Ronald Galati. Galati, 43, was found guilty of 20 counts of mail fraud, two counts of making false statements to a bankruptcy court and one count of bankruptcy fraud, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Weber, one of the prosecutors.
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July 7, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The line inside the Chester County Book Company numbered more than 100, snaking around the inside of the store, and when Lenny Dykstra arrived at 7:15 Tuesday night, he came in through the back door, and the people parted for him. He sat down at a mahogany table in the middle of the store, and some of the people applauded. Wearing a coral-colored golf shirt, khakis, a beige "U.S. Open 2002" baseball cap, and a graying mustache, he had finished a radio interview in Old City at 5:45, then hopped in the back of a town car to fight traffic to this shopping development in West Chester.
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, a Real Housewives of New Jersey star, is expected to begin a 41-month prison sentence Wednesday at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix on bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy charges. His wife, Teresa, who also pleaded guilty to fraud charges, was released in December from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., after serving nearly a year there. The couple are featured in the Bravo reality show, first telecast in 2009. They have four daughters.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
Tattle has some friends who take "Star Wars" seriously. Then there's Charles Roy . Roy, of Helena, Mont., was arrested, according to People magazine, after he allegedly threatened to shoot one of his Facebook "friends" for "spoiling" some of the new film's plot points. No "like. " The 18-year-old was detained last Friday on a single felony assault with a weapon charge. He has since been released on $10,000 bail. According to the arrest report obtained by People , Roy began talking about "The Force Awakens" last Thursday with a boy he'd befriended on the social networking site.
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October 16, 2015 | Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
Her money danced away If you're going to hide money when you declare bankruptcy, you can't be rich. You have to be very, very, very rich. "Dance Moms" star  Abby Lee Miller  found that out the hard way and has been charged with hiding $775,000 worth of income from her Lifetime network reality show and spin-off projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is what hedge-fund managers call chump change. Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh on Tuesday announced the bankruptcy-fraud indictment against Miller, formerly of Penn Hills.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the shoulders of . . . dogs Author and inspirational speaker Sarah Palin is giving PETA all it wants of her . She Facebooked and Instagrammed photos of son Trig , 6, standing on the back of their dog Jill Hadassa , wanting to help wash dishes. PETA hated it and called her out. She's woofing back, calling PETA hypocrites, using the Hawaiian term okole (meaning "butt"), and telling PETA to "chill" and "shake it off," a clever cultural reference to Taylor Swift 's big hit. Teresa checks in early Very early (3 a.m.)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
ORANGE never was a good color for the "Real Housewives" Teresa Giudice . But that may be her new color, as she has gone to the big house. And that's not a McMansion. The "RHONJ" star yesterday entered the Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury, an all-women's facility about 90 miles north of NYC, a spokesman for the institution confirmed. Teresa is serving a 15-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud. "Teresa's only concern is and has been that of her four children," her attorney, James Leonard , said in an email yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alcohol abuse was a factor in Elizabeth Peña 's Oct. 16 death, reports USA Today. The Cuban American La Bamba star's death certificate, issued Thursday, lists several causes for her death: cardiopulmonary arrest, cardiogenic shock, acute gastrointestinal bleeding, and "cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol. " Peña, 55, whose films include Lone Star and Rush Hour , is survived by husband Hans Rolla and their two children, Fiona and Kaelan .   Hank Baskett's mess televised The cheating scandal that has taken a big chunk out of the Kendra Wilkinson-Hank Baskett marriage will hit Friday's episode of Kendra's reality show, Kendra on Top . In one scene, Kendra mounts a take-no-prisoners verbal assault on the former Eagles player for allegedly cheating on her with transsexual model Ava Sabrina London . Wielding a vase, Kendra threatens divorce and chases her husband out of their house.
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October 13, 2014 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
Things just got real for the Real Housewives. As you may have heard, Joe Giudice and his wife, Teresa, who is one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey on Bravo, are going to jail for bankruptcy fraud. I'm going to miss Teresa, whose lack of anger management was a thing of beauty. She famously turned over a table in anger, and I don't know a single woman in the world who hasn't dreamed of doing that, or at least being the kind of woman who would do that, on impulse. By the way, when she flipped the table, she yelled "prostitution whore," which is a great thing to yell at any time.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2014 | Inquirer staff writers
Sheinelle Jones has vaulted into the national TV spotlight! You'll recall that the Philly-born and Wichita-raised Jones recently departed Fox29's Good Day Philadelphia . Well, as announced last month, Saturday was her debut on the weekend version of NBC's Today . To butter up cast and crew, she brought in cheesesteaks and Cheez Whiz. She joins Lester Holt , Erica Hill , and Dylan Dreyer .   Affleck, Maher spar on Islam Speaking of TV, didja see the dustup on Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO?
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