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LA entrepreneur charged with $7M fraud of divorcee AP sources say is Eddie Murphy's ex-wife
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ' A self-described Los Angeles entertainment entrepreneur is charged in a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday with bilking $7 million from a recent divorcee who is identified by law-enforcement authorities as the ex-wife of Eddie Murphy.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said 45-year-old Troy David Stratos faces 14 charges of fraud, money laundering and obstructing justice.
He was arrested Tuesday and made his first appearance in federal court.
The divorcee is identified in court papers as "N.M...the ex-wife of E.M." who filed for divorce in 2005. Three law enforcement sources told The Associated Press the victim is Murphy's ex-wife, Nicole, but the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release her identity.
Records in a separate federal case show Nicole Murphy sued Stratos and others last year in Los Angeles and refiled the lawsuit in May in Florida court