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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1966 Birth Born on March 22, 1966.


1985 19 Years Old After graduating from high school in 1985, Minkow was able to devote all of his time to ZZZZ Best. … Read More


1986 20 Years Old At the suggestion of a friend, Minkow took the company public in January 1986, garnering a spot on NASDAQ. … Read More
1988 22 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 23 Years Old On March 27, 1989, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. … Read More
1995 29 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 31 Years Old In 1997, he became pastor of Community Bible Church in San Diego. … Read More


2006 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Minkow first gained national attention when 60 Minutes aired a profile of him in August 2006. … Read More
2007 41 Years Old On 20 February 2007, Minkow, distributed a 500-page report to officials at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accusing USANA of operating an illegal pyramid scheme. … Read More
2008 42 Years Old The remaining charge of stock manipulation was settled in July 2008 when USANA and Minkow reached an undisclosed settlement, which included the removal of all USANA-related materials from the Fraud Discovery Institute website, a related Chinese website, and from YouTube. … Read More
2009 43 Years Old In 2009, Minkow issued a report accusing major homebuilder Lennar of massive fraud. … Read More
2010 44 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
On March 16, 2011, Minkow announced through his attorney that he was pleading guilty to one count of insider trading. … Read More
2014 48 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 22, 2014, Minkow pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud and to defraud the federal government. … Read More
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