Sam Antar is a convicted felon,
but he never went to prison because he testified against his cousin,
Eddie Antar, in return for house arrest. Now he is paid by short
sellers with ties to David Rocker and associates of Michael Milken. The
assignment to which he devotes the majority of his time is to use the Internet to harass and smear the reputations of Deep Capture founder Patrick Byrne and his colleagues.
At one point, Antar threatened the young children of Deep Capture reporter Judd Bagley, posting their names, ages, and address on the Internet. As I described in my last installment, Antar has made what I can only interpret to be veiled references to two seminal events in
my life – the time I was ambushed and punched in the eye by three
thugs, and the day that a goon in a bookstore threatened my close
When he is not harassing us, Antar helps Howard
Sirota (the attorney who sued Crazy Eddie) file bogus class action
lawsuits against companies targeted by short sellers. A recent court case also describes Antar delivering $250,000 in cash to a man named Barry Minkow
In the 1980s, Minkow built a carpet cleaning and insurance restoration company called ZZZZ Best, with the bulk of his finance coming from Michael Milken, and other funds coming from associates of the Genovese organized crime family.
ZZZZ Best was a massive fraud
that manufactured false restoration claims – some of them on Las Vegas
casinos that had been financed by Michael Milken and investors tied to
the Genovese organized crime family.
Minkow spent some time in prison. Now he runs an outfit
called the Fraud Discovery Institute out of the Community Bible Church
in San Diego, where he is a preacher. The Fraud Discovery Unit is in
the business of publishing negative information about public companies
targeted by Howard Sirota and short sellers tied to David Rocker,
Michael Steinhardt, and associates of Michael Milken.
In one of Sam Antar’s famous Internet messages (he signs them, “Sam Antar, Convicted Felon”), he warned that we at Deep Capture were taking chances by writing about the Mafia connections of Barry Minkow, whom Antar described as his “friend.”
“You have awakened a sleeping giant,” Antar wrote.
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