September 13, 2016
Eddie Antar, 68, who turned the Crazy Eddie electronics stores into a retail giant before it collapsed amid federal fraud charges, died Saturday, the Bloomfield-Cooper funeral home in Ocean Township, N.J., confirmed Sunday. A cause of death wasn't disclosed. The Crazy Eddie chain was known for its ads featuring a maniacal pitchman who touted "Our prices are insane!" Mr. Antar started working in Brooklyn, and the chain eventually grew into 43 stores. But he fled to Israel after being indicted on charges of securities fraud and insider trading.
May 23, 2012 |
Remember Crazy Eddie, the electronics-store king who concocted one of the biggest public company frauds of the 1980s? Eddie Antar ended up in prison, but his cousin and onetime chief financial officer, Sam E. Antar, today advises federal and state law enforcement agencies about white-collar crime and trains them to identify and catch crooks. Often, the former CPA refers cases as an independent whistle-blower and teaches about white-collar crime for professional organizations, businesses, and colleges.
January 10, 2011
IN ONE week, the Era of Ed - or, as they call it west of the Susquehanna, the Error of Ed - is over. Our soon-to-be-ex-Guv's future includes a book, speeches for pay, a TV presence beyond Eagles postgame, service on some boards of directors, rainmaking for some lucky law firm and continued teaching at Penn. It does not, he swears, include running for any other office, ever. "I'm done," he said at a recent Capitol sit-down with journalists. What follows are final thoughts on a public career notable for its longevity (eight years D.A., eight years mayor, two years Democratic National Committee chairman, eight years governor)
April 9, 2003 |
No one knows exactly why the Flyers were playing drums and other assorted instruments last week in Florida during their two-day bonding session. "I've heard about guys going into the mountains and having to rely on each other for survival, but giving a guy bongo drums is dangerous," Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. Bongos likely won't win the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Flyers and the Maple Leafs, which begins tonight. Goaltending, however, might.
January 8, 2001 |
By leading the Dallas Stars to the last two Stanley Cup finals, Ed Belfour went a long way toward erasing his reputation as "Crazy Eddie," the goaltender who could be wacky or wonderful. Now, a second case of bizarre off-ice behavior in less than a year is threatening to revive that nickname. Belfour left the team in Boston on Saturday, flying back to Dallas after arguing with coach Ken Hitchcock over participation in a pregame practice. Yesterday, the Stars suspended Belfour indefinitely.
May 9, 1996 |
Eddie Antar, co-founder of the failed Crazy Eddie discount electronics chain, admitted in federal court in Newark yesterday that he led a stock manipulation scheme that enabled him to reap $74 million from the sale of fraudulently inflated stocks. Antar, who fled the United States in 1990 and eluded capture for two years while living on millions stashed overseas, agreed to plead guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy in what authorities have called one of the nation's largest stock-manipulation cases.
February 23, 1996 |
The African-American Air Force recruiter pointed to the man she knew as "Crazy Eddie," and said he was the white man who had made racial threats to her on the telephone for more than a year. Sgt. Paula Powers, 31, said Edward McMahon, 35, formerly of Roxborough, stalked her at a Cottman Avenue recruiting center, and repeatedly called her at work, saying that "n------" should be killed. "Go back to Africa," McMahon told Powers, she said. McMahon sat smiling at the defense table during his preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Georganne V. Daher yesterday.
November 29, 1995 |
Seven months ago, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered new trials for electronics mogul and alleged stock swindler Eddie "Crazy Eddie" Antar and his brother, Mitchell, saying U.S. District Judge Nicholas H. Politan had prejudged them. Yesterday, the appeals court dropped the other shoe, removing Politan from a related civil suit filed against the Antars' father, Sam, and other family members by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, stating that Politan "displayed a deep-seated antagonism that would make fair judgment impossible.
October 7, 1995 |
Charles "Crazy Eddie" Reddish, Jr. was always known to be a little odd, his Burlington Township, N.J. neighbors said. Reddish was a familiar sight on Crestwood Drive, riding his bicycle everywhere, much the way children do in the suburbs, they said. Yesterday, Reddish hacked his girlfriend to death with a hatchet and then sexually assaulted her teen-age daughter before calmly surrendering to police, authorities said. Reddish, 34, allegedly beat his girlfriend, Rebbeca Wertz, with his bare hands after a domestic dispute early yesterday in their family room, said Burlington County Prosecutor Stephen G. Raymond.
October 7, 1995 |
Edwin Segal, 81, the dapper, gregarious Camden County lawyer who made a world of friends during his 54 years in law, died Thursday of multiple strokes at his home in Marlton. "Everybody knew him and he knew everybody else," said Jay Strassberg, executive director of the Camden County Bar Association. " . . . He had a joie de vivre, he enjoyed life and he made that abundantly clear. " His ability to remember the names and the doings of his friends, co-workers and all their relatives amazed even his family.