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I can't speak for the water, but it's safe for consumers to go in Lowe's and Home Depot again. Unless, that is, Jim Metts has no more respect for the courts than he does for his victims.
Church Street Station hit another pothole in its latest attempt at a comeback as a lender who helped developer Cameron Kuhn buy the dining-and-entertainment complex out of bankruptcy filed this week to foreclose on the downtown Orlando property.
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Regarding Wednesday's headline, "Jailed Lou Pearlman Snitches on Suspected Cop Killer." I am dismayed that the Sentinel would use the term "snitch" to describe the efforts of one prisoner to assist police in prosecuting another. The term carries the derogatory sense of the Sicilian concepts of omerta, or "code of silence," or the common phrase "stool pigeon."
While federal investigators were building the $300 million fraud case against Lou Pearlman, he was conducting an investigation of his own.
Regional Report Cops & courts
Former music mogul Lou Pearlman was moved out of the Orange County Jail early Tuesday so he could begin serving his 25-year federal prison term, jail officials said. Pearlman was picked up at 6:19 a.m. by U.S. marshals and taken to an unknown federal prison facility, Orange County spokesman Allen Moore said. Marshals said they will not comment about Pearlman's movements for security reasons. U.S. Bureau of Prisons officials said they will not release Pearlman's location until he is received at a federal prison facility. Pearlman, founder of the bands Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, fraud and money-laundering charges and agreed to assist prosecutors, FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents on the investigation. He was sentenced in June to 25 years in prison.
Admitted Orlando con man Lou Pearlman was ordered off to federal prison Wednesday after a judge delayed ruling on whether he should pay interest on the $300 million in restitution he owes to investors.
Federal prosecutors have put a price tag on the damage done by Orlando investment promoter Lou Pearlman and his con schemes: $424.4 million.
OPINION Reader Views
Mike Thomas again explains the insurance mess that our politicians in Tallahassee are getting us citizens of Florida into. I only wished that all of the people would become mad and demand change in the gross mismanagement and deception that is being sold to us as a safe program to help homeowners.
Facing 25 years in prison for his financial crimes, boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman now knows what he has to do:
A federal judge has refused to delay the sentencing of Orlando music executive Lou Pearlman, scheduled for Wednesday.
Donald Trump has nothing on the criminal court system.
The waterfront mansion of jailed music executive Lou Pearlman, which failed to generate a high-enough bid at auction Saturday to cover the mortgage, will go through foreclosure, a bankruptcy-trustee lawyer said Thursday.
Auctions have been popular for years as a way to unload used motor vehicles, equipment and farm goods. But in recent years, real estate has surged to the top as the industry's fastest-growing sector.
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Why is it that our government officials would allow themselves to be fooled by someone like Lou Pearlman?
Orlando music mogul Lou Pearlman has agreed to help federal prosecutors, investigators and bankruptcy trustees track down assets, cooperate against unnamed co-conspirators and pay back $200 million to investors and banks, according to a plea agreement filed in the case Tuesday.
Former boy-band promoter Lou Pearlman sold worthless stock, used a bogus accounting firm, fictitious overseas financiers and even the signature of a dead corporate officer to bilk investors and banks out of more than $300 million, federal prosecutors charged Monday.
The scheduled March criminal trial of Orlando music mogul Lou Pearlman formally was delayed Wednesday for at least a month by a federal judge in Orlando.
A federal prosecutor leading the fraud probe of jailed Orlando music executive Lou Pearlman said Thursday that he will file additional charges, making a scheduled March trial unlikely.
An Orlando-area lawyer must produce records and answer questions under oath about business dealings of jailed music executive Lou Pearlman or face "severe sanctions," a U.S. bankruptcy judge ruled Monday.
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The $7.1 million sale of jailed Orlando music promoter Lou Pearlman's lakefront home has collapsed, forcing it to be put back on the market, a bankruptcy trustee attorney said Thursday.
There's a missing laptop computer, a roadside meeting to exchange documents and a lawyer threatened with jail if she doesn't reveal the details.
A bankruptcy judge Thursday approved the $7.1 million sale of jailed Orlando music promoter Lou Pearlman's lakefront home and a $335,000 condominium in Atlantic City, N.J., the latest assets to be sold off for creditors.
The first of several new businesses at Church Street Station debuts next week when Dolce Nightclub replaces the pink-themed, socialite-studded Club Paris.
Singer Aaron Carter wants his jailed and bankrupt manager, Lou Pearlman, to live up to his management agreement or get out.
The second auction of Lou Pearlman's goods grossed $280,000 as bidders gobbled up the jailed boy-band impresario's recording equipment, memorabilia, furnishings, clothing and guns.
Windermere investor Julian Benscher is betting on the death of Lou Pearlman.
Another, more personal auction of Lou Pearlman's possessions is set to take place later this month as a bankruptcy trustee continues liquidating possessions of the fallen boy-band mogul.
Former music mogul Lou Pearlman used someone else's credit card to finance his overseas trips and stay on the run from authorities for the past six months, a prosecutor said Wednesday in Orlando.
The former impresario behind superstar boy bands 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys was led into the federal courthouse this morning where he'll face bank-fraud charges.
Lou Pearlman, the former boy-band impresario, arrived in Orlando late this afternoon in the last leg of a globetrotting trip to face bank fraud charges.
The court-appointed trustee in Lou Pearlman's bankruptcies took another step Thursday in trying to decipher the former boy-band manager's finances.
Former boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Orlando on charges that he schemed to bilk banks out of more than $100 million.
A stripped-down Boeing 727-200 sits idle on an Orlando International Airport runway, a reminder of the days when Lou Pearlman's empire was flying high.
Lou Pearlman was en route home from Guam on Monday after a U.S. Marshals Service jet picked him up during the weekend.
Three square meals in the jail lunchroom, an hour in the TV room, and the rest of the day spent alone in his 7-by-8-foot cell.
Developer Cameron Kuhn closed Monday on his $34 million acquisition of Church Street Station and confirmed that Bob Snow, founder of the once-popular entertainment complex in downtown Orlando, will play a part in the property's revival.
Lou Pearlman, the one-time multimillionaire music mogul known for his lavish lifestyle, convinced a judge Monday that he is broke and needs a public defender to help him fight bank-fraud charges.
The arrest of boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman halfway around the world Thursday ended speculation about his whereabouts and set the wandering music producer on course to face the legal and financial wreckage of his empire in Florida.
"Sweet, sweet karma. And with that, ex-boybanders around the world are having a really good day."
No need to change the locks: The missing key to the city of Orlando has been recovered.
The Lou Pearlman bankruptcy auction Tuesday generated about $227,000 in sales and could clear $200,000 after expenses, a court-appointed official said.
THE PEARLMAN AUCTION
For scores of bidders, Tuesday's bankruptcy auction of former music mogul Lou Pearlman's estate offered bargains -- furniture, artwork and Chevy vans -- that might resell for tidy profits on eBay or other places.
Was your daughter an 'N Sync fan? Could you use some new office supplies? How about 80,000 microphones? What about a human-sized "Felix the Cat" statue?
Wherever he is, boy-band promoter Lou Pearlman appears to be paying attention to the legal proceedings moving against him in Orlando in his absence, and he may be asking a judge to protect his rights.
More than 100 frustrated Lou Pearlman investors flooded a bankruptcy court meeting Monday, only to hear suggestions of their worst fears: If there is any money left from Pearlman's enterprises, it might not be much, it might not be easy to find or obtain, and it could almost all wind up going to banks.
Three of Lou Pearlman's top associates have been dropped from the state lawsuit that accuses Pearlman of running a fraudulent investment program.
Administrators overseeing several of Lou Pearlman's companies got good news Thursday: $250,000 that they had feared was being wire transferred to Germany has been returned to a U.S. bank.
Orlando entrepreneur Lou Pearlman may be trying to tap into $250,000 that authorities think was recently transferred from one of his companies to a German bank, according to court documents.
Developer Cameron Kuhn, who bought the former Church Street Station for $34 million Thursday, vowed to revive the long-distressed entertainment complex in the heart of downtown Orlando.
a talent-scout company that sparked hundreds of consumer complaints earlier this decade -- was sold Friday from Lou Pearlman's former business empire to a company with California money and Canadian management.
Lawyers painted a picture of fraud, dishonesty and mismanagement surrounding Lou Pearlman's Trans Continental Airlines in order to persuade a bankruptcy judge Wednesday to let an interim trustee take over the financial affairs of Pearlman and his flagship company.
A bankruptcy court will consider today whether to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee over the financial affairs of Lou Pearlman and Trans Continental Airlines, a move that could improve the position of creditors who don't have collateral to back up their loans.
The accounting firm of Cohen & Siegel documented the finances that helped convince people that Lou Pearlman's companies had money. But as state and federal investigators pick through the remains of Pearlman's corporate empire, Cohen & Siegel's balance sheets are raising more questions than they answer.
A bankruptcy-court judge has set a minimum $34 million bid for anyone hoping to buy the former Church Street Station entertainment complex in downtown Orlando
A new lawsuit filed against Lou Pearlman and his Orlando-based investment business names Gov. Charlie Crist as a defendant, charging that Florida did not do enough to investigate the boy-band promoter while Crist was the state's attorney general.
Developer Cameron Kuhn is dropping his $40 million offer to buy the former Church Street Station complex in downtown Orlando, his attorney said Monday.
THIS JUST IN
A task force looking into a countywide tornado-warning system heard three more sirens last week -- a mechanical one and two electronic ones, which have voice capabilities. The group hasn't made any official recommendations, but many on the task force appear to be leaning against the sirens. Some of their questions: Would enough people inside buildings be able to hear the siren; would the sirens be susceptible to damage from lightning or storm winds; and are there enough serious tornadoes in Central Florida to justify the expense. The group, set to make a report to the County Commission on March 13, will meet again Thursday. Meanwhile on Monday, the Oviedo City Council will talk about whether to buy a siren system for the city.
In his continued absence from Central Florida, Lou Pearlman is being dragged toward personal bankruptcy by three banks and a venture-capital company that claim he owes them a combined $48 million.
A judge ordered 10 more of Lou Pearlman's companies put under the control of a court-appointed administrator on Tuesday to protect any remaining assets.
The businesses at Church Street Station will be able to keep the lights on and the patrons coming in, after a bankruptcy judge approved financing Monday for the complex that, until recently, was controlled by Orlando businessman Lou Pearlman.
A New York dentist and a Palm Harbor small businessman sued Lou Pearlman on Friday with what they want to become a class-action suit for up to 1,400 investors in Pearlman's Trans Continental Airlines.
In the final days of Lou Pearlman's empire, he and his associates transferred millions of dollars into personal bank accounts, stripped the company of big-screen TVs and crystal vases, and shredded and carted away boxes of papers, according to a new court document obtained by the Sentinel on Thursday night.
With Church Street Station in bankruptcy, Lou Pearlman's once-blooming Orlando business empire appeared all but abandoned Wednesday.
An army of FBI agents and other law-enforcement officials swarmed boy-band impresario Lou Pearlman's palatial Windermere-area estate Thursday while also searching his Church Street offices for evidence in a criminal investigation of his collapsing empire.
LOU PEARLMAN'S CRUMBLING EMPIRE
Church Street Station, once one of the state's biggest tourist attractions, has been a shadow of its former self for more than a decade now, fading away under a succession of owners.
LOU PEARLMAN'S CRUMBLING EMPIRE SECOND IN A 3-PART SERIES
From her colonial home near Mount Washington, Beverly Silva can sit on the porch and watch nature unfold on a 6-acre expanse in snowy New Hampshire.
SENTINEL SPECIAL REPORT: LOU PEARLMAN'S CRUMBLING EMPIRE
A federal investigator suspected as early as 1995 that Lou Pearlman's investor program might not be as secure as the mogul claimed -- and asked Florida officials to investigate.
Just days after taking over at Lou Pearlman's Trans Continental Airlines, a court-appointed receiver has found investor claims totaling more than $317 million, a figure that could place the fraud investigation among the biggest in Florida history.
On Dec. 20, Michael Connelly wired $1 million to a checking account controlled by boy-band promoter Lou Pearlman and his companies in Orlando.
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In recent days, much attention has been given in the media, particularly the Orlando Sentinel, to the current financial challenges faced by one of my companies, Trans Continental Airlines. Due to the sensitive legal nature of the lawsuits and an ongoing investigation by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, commenting on these through the media is not appropriate. However, my executive team and I are working hard to resolve the issues.
A judge on Friday ordered three of Lou Pearlman's companies in downtown Orlando placed under the control of a court-appointed receiver.
Boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman was hit with yet another multimillion-dollar lawsuit Thursday as questions and litigation mount over his Orlando-based business empire.
Orlando officials say taxpayers won't be left holding the bag for a $1.5 million loan to Lou Pearlman, the beleaguered developer of Church Street Station.
A series of multimillion-dollar lawsuits against boy-band entrepreneur Louis J. Pearlman has reached the front doorstep of his Trans Continental empire, once seen as the spark that could revitalize downtown Orlando's Church Street Station.
Lou Pearlman was running a charter flight service, ferrying clients such as the boy band New Kids on the Block, when he realized he was "in the wrong business."
Orlando music entrepreneur Lou Pearlman is battling with yet another bank over allegations of loan defaults.
Orlando music entrepreneur Lou Pearlman is battling with yet another bank over allegations of loan defaults.
American Bank of St. Paul is suing Orlando businessman Lou Pearlman for failing to pay back a $28.5 million loan relating to an attempt to buy a British television show.