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Bad Penny Watch: Two scamsters reappear in the news
Bad Penny Watch: Two scamsters reappear in the news

Unlike Gen. Douglas MacArthur's old soldiers, old con men neither die nor fade away: They either resurface with new scams or relive their old ones in the pages of glossy magazines. Say hello (again) to Barry Minkow and Dana Giacchetto. Minkow, now 48, first hit the public's eye with a big splotch in the early 1980s as the whiz-kid teen entrepreneur behind ZZZZ Best, a Reseda carpet-cleaning company. But ZZZZ Best's success turned out to be a tall tale based on fraudulent billings and other scams. Minkow did his first term in stir. In 2009 he reappeared, now as a reformed swindler who had experienced a religious conversion in prison and was doing the Lord's work by...

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