Saturday, November 05, 2005


A tip of the Hatlo hat to Art Scott, who let me in on this sad story.

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'50s star gets busted on mail fraud

Darlene Gillespie, one of the original Mouseketeers, is acting more like a racketeer these days.

Gillespie, 61, and her husband, Jerry Fraschilla, 66, were arrested by the FBI at their home in Ventura County, Calif., on Thursday to face federal mail fraud charges in Long Island.

The couple, who have served time for stock fraud, are accused of pocketing over $317,000 in bogus claims they submitted in a class-action settlement, according to a complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in Central Islip.

They are being held pending a bail hearing Tuesday in Los Angeles, law enforcement officials said yesterday.

1 comment:

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I feel sorry for Darlene. Ever since Disney kicked her to the curb she's been trying to hit the big time again, with no luck. She trod the usual pills and booze path of many ex-child stars, failed to ignite a country music career, and I guess now she's turned to the dark side. She wasn't on the Mouseketeers reunion DVD that my wife bought at Disneyland this year, and I wonder if she was even invited to join.
She may be a felon, but I'll always think of her as Corky, from Corky and White Shadow, frying up a mess of hush puppies for Uncle Petrie.