Barry Minkow

Born Mar 17, 1967

Barry Jay Minkow is a former businessman, pastor and convicted felon. While still in high school, he founded ZZZZ Best (pronounced Zee 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.… Read More

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    Conman Barry Minkow Becomes Pastor, Cheats Church Out Of Millions
    Huffington Post - Jan 23, 2014
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1967 Birth Born on March 17, 1967.


1985 18 Years Old Minkow was able to devote his entire time to ZZZZ Best after graduating in 1985. … Read More
1986 19 Years Old At the suggestion of a friend, Minkow took the company public in January 1986, garnering a spot on NASDAQ. … Read More


1988 21 Years Old 1 More Event
He planned to sell a million of his shares to the public in January 1988, believing this would give him enough money to pay everyone off and go completely legitimate. … Read More
1989 22 Years Old On March 27, 1989, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. … Read More
1995 28 Years Old 1 More Event
After Minkow's early release from prison in 1995, he went to work at the Church at Rocky Peak in Chatsworth, California as Director of the Bible Institute and Pastor of Evangelism.


1997 30 Years Old In 1997, he became pastor of Community Bible Church in San Diego. … Read More
2006 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Minkow first gained national attention when 60 Minutes aired a profile of him in August 2006. … Read More


2009 42 Years Old In 2009, Minkow issued a report accusing major homebuilder Lennar of massive fraud. … Read More
2010 43 Years Old On December 27, 2010, Florida Circuit Court Judge Gill Freeman issued terminating sanctions against Minkow in response to a motion by Lennar. … Read More
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. … Read More
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