Barry Minkow

Pastor, Author

1967 –

99

Who is Barry Minkow?

Barry Jay Minkow is a former businessman, pastor and convicted felon. While still in high school, he founded ZZZZ Best, which appeared to be an immensely successful carpet-cleaning and restoration company. However, it was actually a front to attract investment for a massive Ponzi scheme. It collapsed in 1987, costing investors and lenders $100 million—one of the largest investment frauds ever perpetrated by a single person, as well as one of the largest accounting frauds in history. The scheme is often used as a case study of accounting fraud.

After being released from jail, Minkow became a preacher and a fraud investigator, and spoke at schools about ethics. This all came to an end in 2011, when he admitted to helping deliberately drive down the stock price of homebuilder Lennar and was ordered back to prison.

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Born
Mar 17, 1967
Inglewood
Ethnicity
  • White American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Liberty University
  • Cleveland High School
Employment
  • Owner, ZZZZ Best
Lived in
  • Reseda

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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