Friday, December 09, 2011

'The Emperor of Warm Nuts' sent to prison for 6 years

For a few years I've been following the amusing and sad case of Ausaf Umar Siddiqui, a former VP of purchasing for the West Coast electronics big-box store Fry's Electronics, who was caught embezzling and soliciting kickbacks from suppliers to fund a high roller gambler lifestyle. Among his preferences as a whale:

  • Bowls of golden raisins and warmed mixed nuts, and bowls of certain kinds of peppermints, adorned "with a single rose"
  • Dom Perignon champagne in the fridge, plus a long list of other spirits from sake to cognac
  • A "badger hair" shaving brush

Siddiqui pleaded guilty earlier this year, and now, as an early Christmas present, has been sentenced to six years in federal prison.

He deserves some compassion for being an addict, but the list of requirements for casino visits pretty much cancels out any sympathy I have. Hope he enjoys his lodgings in the pen.

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