Karen Elaine Hanover Goes From Federal Court as Fraud Defendant to Comedy Club as Stand-up

Categories: Court, Crime-iny, TV

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Karen Hanover reportedly made her stand-up comedy debut at the Hollywood Improv Sunday. Sadly, I wasn't able to make it, so hopefully an audience member can spill on whether the Seal Beach resident's set killed.

What I really want to know is whether the 47-year-old riffed on her FBI "spoofing" conviction, her time locked up or pending federal fraud counts that may produce future bookings in prison.

When I asked the budding comic via email how her advertised comedy debut went, the first reply I received was, "You need to write some more smut to wreck my life even further?" Hanover also wondered why I would even ask such a thing after having posted the following in May:

Karen Elaine Hanover, Accused Fraudster, Loses Appeal of FBI "Spoofing" Conviction

In 2009 and 2010, Hanover billed herself not as the next Shecky Greene but a real estate guru with access to large amounts of capital that could be used to purchase distressed commercial properties at seminars around the country that were called investment "boot camps." The expertise she billed on her website and elsewhere was as dubious as her get-rich-quick program, but there was nothing blatantly illegal about that, let the buyer beware, yadda-yadda-yadda.

Dozens attended her events and became "fast trackers" by paying Hanover $29,997 in exchange for her promise to work with each to source, analyze and provide financing for two commercial real estate deals within a year, according to documents filed in Santa Ana federal court. Included were offers of refunds if that assistance did not come to fruition within a year.

The crux of the government fraud case against Hanover is she allegedly did not provide the tutoring, contacts nor the refunds. Some had complained about Hanover on blogs and websites, prompting her to use telephone technology to change her voice to a man's and her caller identification number to the FBI's Los Angeles office to call or leave messages with some of her most vocal critics warning them to back off.

That earned her a $5,000 fine and six months in jail, a sentence she appealed but was upheld in May. Meanwhile, Hanover faces trial in October on federal mail fraud charges for allegedly conning 50 folks out of nearly $2 million. Up to 40 years in prison could come with conviction on all counts.

"Her light-hearted, hilarious sense of humor about womanhood, being middle-aged and dating is sure to delight audiences," reads the Los Alamitos Patch announcement of Hanover's Hollywood Improv show.


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