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Pearlman, staff knew 'end was near' in 2006

There are 62 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 23, 2007, titled Pearlman, staff knew 'end was near' in 2006. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

In the final days of Lou Pearlman's empire, he and his associates transferred millions of dollars into personal bank accounts, stripped the company of big-screen TVs and crystal vases, and shredded and carted ...

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LISA ANN

United States

#44 Feb 24, 2007
I sure hope the sushi restaurant that's at Church street doesn't close down-great tuna! Did he own that?
stringsdlx

Frisco, TX

#45 Feb 25, 2007
I was a musician at Church Street Station for the last years it was open, All of us who worked there, had to stand and watch it be driven right in to the CRAPPER.When people say it can never be what it once was, I have to disagree, the elimination of charecters, dancers, and not to mention all the musicians, were fired or whatever, was done over the course of many years, so most people whom talk about Church Street Station,May only remember it after all the Stars were let go and the rest was nothing more than live bands, Really who goes to see Elvis' backup band or Garth Brooks Band, Not to mention the amount of grief we all had to take from the hundreds of dissatisfied customers who paid $17 plus dollars to see what they saw in the past only to find out that particular show has been"changed"
Lets get some Class down there again, LIVE MUSIC played by professional players.....Top name acts and it will be DOWNTOWN AGAIN
Dreamer

Ocala, FL

#46 Feb 25, 2007
Mary Jane,

You seem pretty convinced that the area is destined to become just another condo area with a starbucks, and honestly, you are probably right.

But your version of what Church Street was is very different than mine.

Tourists? Absolutely, but also conventioners, and many many locals who were looking for a place to call our own that wasn't associated with the theme park area. Rosie's was an incredible night out with a live Dixie-land type show that was authentic and unique. Cheyenne had an amazing amount of energy and was a great place to watch all ages laugh and dance - and I am not a country music fan. The house band in the Wild Orchid, while a cover band, were fantastic performers and I always enjoyed sitting in the balcony with a beer and just hangin out.

Now - I do those things at other places - Doc's, PI (but it has totally gone down hill as well), The Boheme etc. Funny thing, a lot of the people that supported Church Street are at those places now as well.

I guess my point is this - while my head tells me that you are correct - Church Street is gone forever, my heart, and even a little of my head, keeps telling me that it seems pretty ironic that now that there are actual PEOPLE living downtown, we are not exploring at least SOME form of a live entertainment venue for locals that is more than just a comedy club.

i can dream right?
Local Diner

Miami, FL

#47 Feb 26, 2007
LISA ANN wrote:
I sure hope the sushi restaurant that's at Church street doesn't close down-great tuna! Did he own that?
Lou doesn't own any of the restaurants on Church Street. All of this news is hurting those businesses as well. We need to go and support those resturants!!
frankie

United States

#48 Feb 26, 2007
jama orlando fl wrote:
you guys are missing the point- no one but big man Lou is to blame, and he's jumped ship. take his buildings, planes and getover it

No!!! I do not believe any point is being missed The facts are: Mark Tolner,Greg Mcdonald,kamla and criminal Richard Jans,Bobby and Mikey knew what was going on and profited in the millions and kept their months shut while they recived millions of these poor victims money.They were no less involved and should pay for it.Get them and the money.MILLIONS for the victims It moght be all that is left for the victims to recover
LargoWillie

Saint Petersburg, FL

#49 Feb 26, 2007
The government agencies should indict any individuals involved in this fraud and besides Louie the scum, include Crudele,Fischetti, any employees that had a hand in, and...all lawyers and agents who were a part of this "ponzi". Seize all their assets, and sell them off for any relief to the creditors. Then throw them all on the prison highway trash crews and pick up refuse until one of the people they stole from loses control of their car and plants their asses!
Julia

Boston, MA

#50 Feb 27, 2007
Frankie killarney, fl wrote:
No!!! I do not believe any point is being missed The facts are: Mark Tolner,Greg Mcdonald,kamla and criminal Richard Jans,Bobby and Mikey knew what was going on and profited in the millions and kept their months shut while they recived millions of these poor victims money.They were no less involved and should pay for it.Get them and the money.MILLIONS for the victims It moght be all that is left for the victims to recover

BTW Mark Tolner, Richard Jans and Greg left Lou years ago. They were not around during this last years. Kamla Bacchus is the one people need to look at. She was the one in charge of finance and she really missused it taking family vacations to Europe and other places! she needs to go down too!
C Klien

United States

#51 Feb 27, 2007
Julia wrote:
Frankie killarney, fl wrote:
No!!! I do not believe any point is being missed The facts are: Mark Tolner,Greg Mcdonald,kamla and criminal Richard Jans,Bobby and Mikey knew what was going on and profited in the millions and kept their months shut while they recived millions of these poor victims money.They were no less involved and should pay for it.Get them and the money.MILLIONS for the victims It moght be all that is left for the victims to recover
BTW Mark Tolner, Richard Jans and Greg left Lou years ago. They were not around during this last years. Kamla Bacchus is the one people need to look at. She was the one in charge of finance and she really missused it taking family vacations to Europe and other places! she needs to go down too!
Wow ....you seem to know a lot you should call the feds,I will forward this to them however
You are correct they left a year ago but Greg Mcdonald was the president for years and was in total control of Kamla and had complete Knowledge of the Airline scam,just because he left when in got too hot does not relieve him of liability.But I suspect you alredy now this !!!! You or they were there during the so called Glory Years and bailed out when they knew the end was near.That does not absoive them of guilt.They may be the only hope for these victims.
C Klien

Marion, NC

#52 Feb 27, 2007
Is it me or just a coincidence that, Julia a person that has never posted before comes on this board and rises to take up the defense of Mark Tolner and Greg McDonald seems odd ???? Well Julia I do not believe in coincidences do you?
Sharpinchitown

United States

#53 Mar 1, 2007
If he's gone I bet we can all guess what country took him in with welcome hands. It's the same country that takes in all the world's criminals and protects them like "one of its own."

Hiding criminals and thieves in its basement like a soul-dead common mafia-run organization.

i wonder if the US government would give billions to a criminal organization that hides and uses criminals and thieves in its operations. Yes, apparently they do.
hmmmm

Tavares, FL

#54 Mar 1, 2007
I'd like to know why Janet Hart and Wendy Watts' name has never been mentioned in any of this?
Joina

Tampa, FL

#55 Mar 1, 2007
hmmmm wrote:
I'd like to know why Janet Hart and Wendy Watts' name has never been mentioned in any of this?
I want to know the answer to this too. That Kamla Bacchus too.
Crudele

Sarasota, FL

#56 Mar 3, 2007
Michael Crudele lives in Lithia, FL
Austin Powers

Mims, FL

#57 Mar 3, 2007
Has anybody ever seen Karl Rove and Lou Pearlman together ? I think they are one and the same baby !!
sss

AOL

#58 Mar 15, 2007
Chris wrote:
Where does this Michael Crudele live? Can't find any record in Orange or Seminole Co. PA
I would be pretty mad at these guys had I invested money in this (obvious, if you ask me) scam. Now it looks like the state has pissed away so much time all the records, money and the big scam artist are all gone. If only Crist would have investigated.....
Mike Crudele lives in hilsborough county and in fishhawk he has two homes one in valrico florida
k olsen

Lady Lake, FL

#59 Apr 14, 2007
Frankie Vasquez was a decent human whose demise came too soon. Lou, shame on you for involving those who believed in you.
CARLO

Louisville, KY

#60 May 20, 2007
CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE NAME OF A FEMALE VOCALIST WHO APPEARED AT THE CHEYENNE SALOON IN THE 90'S? THE ONLY THING I CAN GIVE YOU IS THAT HER FIRST NAME IS DONNA. SHE SANG COUNTRY MUSIC. WOULD LIKE TO BUY A CD IF THAT IS POSSIBLE. I DON'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE BAND THAT ACCOMPANIED HER. THANKS. THE INFO WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED
dsr1pwm

Tampa, FL

#61 May 28, 2007
Micnael Crudele lives in Fishawk Trails in Lithis FL
The Hit Man Florida

New Zealand

#63 May 28, 2007
C Klien or is it Mrs Cynthia Tolner nee Klien
peg

New York, NY

#65 May 31, 2007
almost hitman, cynthia klein tolner. she is very intelligent, charming, ruthless and cute. be careful

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