UPDATE: Jolene Engel told City News Service's Paul Anderson today that she left Powerplant Maintenance Specialists Inc. in 1998 but remained president in name only through June 30, 2001, when Richard Engel assumed that position. She added she separated from Richard in 1999, was divorced by 2000 and had no idea the company's taxes were not being paid, saying she should have been more diligent. "I've been asking to pay the money since 2002," she said of restitution. "The DA kept changing their mind about what I owed." She agreed with her ex-husband that negative publicity hindered his ability to raise his restitution and said the prison term will likely cost him his law license that the state bar suspended in June 2012. "Like he said (in court), his life is gone,'' Jolene said of Richard. "... I feel very badly that he's going to prison. It's so hard to see someone you know for so many years go to prison." But Senior Deputy District Attorney Bill Overtoom told Anderson that Richard Engel could have avoided his fate. "He's had substantial income and he still hasn't paid his taxes," Overtoom said. "We all have to pay our taxes whether we like it or not, so state prison is appropriate."
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|Richard Gardner Engel from his days on the Orange Coast society circuit.|
A once-wealthy Newport Beach socialite failed to come up with $300,000 in restitution and was sentenced today to seven years in state prison for not paying taxes related to his former power plant refurbishing business. Richard Gardner Engel's ex-wife Jolene Engel, who was once president of the couple's Powerplant Maintenance Specialists Inc. (PMSI) business in Huntington Beach, already paid more than $1 million in restitution, had her felony charges knocked down to misdemeanors and was sentenced to three years probation.More »