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Lou Pearlman, 54, managed an Orlando entertainment empire that included the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and other boy bands. He also ran a huge investment fraud. Pearlman fled the country in January 2007 as his empire and investment scheme collapsed. He was captured in Bali in June 2007 and brought back to Orlando, where he pleaded guilty in March to stealing $300-million from banks and investors. Judge G. Kendall Sharp sentenced him to 25 years in federal prison, and restitution without interest.
[Phelan M. Ebenhack | Special to the Times]
Former music mogul Louis Pearlman, center, is taken into the Federal Courthouse building in Orlando on July 11, 2007. He was sentenced May 21, 2008.
Lou Pearlman's scam
Who is Lou Pearlman?
  • In humble Queens, Lou was king
    Mitchell Gardens would never be mistaken for a palace, but inside the Pearlman family's tiny third-floor apartment, little Lou was king (October 21, 2007).
  • Unmasking Lou Pearlman
    The promoter who loved the limelight has retreated to the shadows. Left in the dark are the investors (June 3, 2007).
  • A scheme unravels
    Lou Pearlman relished the limelight, promoting *NSync and his other boy bands. But for dependable cash flow, he relied on retirees who trusted him with their life savings (February 6, 2007).
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