“Today is a great day for this country. The system works . . . they got the right guy.”
--Barry Minkow, congratulating the court for rejecting his defense that organized crime figures made him commit fraud with his $100-million carpet cleaning empire.
“El toro poo-poo, that’s what I’m hearing. . . . Is he trying to clean my carpet, or what?”
--U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian, sentencing Minkow to 25 years in prison and ordering him to pay $26 million in restitution.