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FORMER ACCOUNTANT TESTIFIES TYSON TRIPLED KING'S INCOME
Published October 24, 1995
Don King's former accountant, Joseph Maffia, testified yesterday the promotor's income tripled to $60M after he snared Mike Tyson as a client, but that King would still not allow any of his employees sign checks. Greg Logan reports in this morning's NEWSDAY that Maffia "portrayed the promoter as someone who kept track of his finances down to the last nickel and show he was totally involved with insurance claims filed by his subordinates." Maffia, who was King's controller from '86-91, is called "the government's version of 'Deep Throat'" by Logan. Asst. US Attorney Paul Gadephe showed jurors 21 checks ranging in value from $.05 to $62.22 signed by King. Logan reports this evidence was given as an example of King's "absolute financial control" (NEWSDAY, 10/24). ESPN's Jimmy Roberts called Maffia "clearly the most important witness so far" in the case against King. ESPN legal analyst Ken Caruso added when defense attorney Peter Fleming cross-examines Maffia, he must "damage Maffia's credibility" or "he will have a difficult time with the jury" ("Up Close," ESPN, 10/23).