Barry Minkow

<b>Zzzz Best, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100102387800" title="San Fernando" href="/topic/us/california/los-angeles-county/los-angeles/san-fernando-PLGEO100100102387800.topic">San Fernando</a> Valley, Calif.</b><br>
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As a high school kid operating out of his parents’ garage, Minkow built a carpet cleaning business he eventually turned into a publicly traded company with 1,400 employees before its 1987 implosion. He bilked investors out of an estimated $100 million and was sentenced to 25 years in prison but was released in 1995.

( PhotoDisc, Sun Sentinel / July 12, 1995 )

Zzzz Best, San Fernando Valley, Calif.

As a high school kid operating out of his parents’ garage, Minkow built a carpet cleaning business he eventually turned into a publicly traded company with 1,400 employees before its 1987 implosion. He bilked investors out of an estimated $100 million and was sentenced to 25 years in prison but was released in 1995.

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