Published: 12/23/2009 12:49:45
In yet another corporate scandal, former Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski was convicted in 2005 of misappropriation of corporate funds. He used Tyco's money for a $2 million birthday party on the island of Sardinia for his wife (the ice sculpture urinated Stolichnaya vodka) that came to be called the "Tyco Roman Orgy," as well as an estimated $14 million in art and millions in payments to cronies.
Kozlowski still declares his innocence, telling "60 Minutes," "I was a guy sitting in a courtroom making $100 million a year and I think a juror sitting there just would have to say, 'All that money? He must have done something wrong.' " Kozlowski is serving a 25-year prison sentence.
Daily News cover about Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski.
Timeline of the Tyco International scandal
Key dates and events that led to the convictions of former Tyco CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski and CFO Mark Swartz: March 13, 2001: Tyco announces $9.2 billion cash and stock deal to purchase the CIT Group, a commercial finance company. Tyco director Frank Walsh helps arrange the deal. Dec. 5, 2001: Tyco shares close at a high of $59.76 on the New York Stock Exchange. Jan. 14, 2002: Business Week magazine lists Tyco CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski as one of the top 25 corporate managers of 2001. Jan. 22, 2002: Kozlowski announces plans to split Tyco into four independent, publicly traded companies. The announcement starts a slide in the price of Tyco shares. Jan. 29, 2002: Tyco shares drop sharply, one day after the company filed a proxy report with the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing that Walsh got a $10 million fee on the CIT Group deal, and that another $10 million went to a charity where he was a director. Jan. 30, 2002:The New York Times reports that Kozlowski and Tyco CFO Mark Swartz sold more than $100 million of their Tyco stock the previous fiscal year despite public statements that they rarely sold their stock. Kozlowski and Swartz say they will buy 1 million shares with their own money. June 3, 2002: Kozlowski resigns unexpectedly as The New York Times reports he is the subject of a sales tax evasion investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office. June 4, 2002: Morgenthau announces a criminal indictment accusing Kozlowski of conspiring to evade more than $1 million in state and city sales tax on fine art purchases. Sept. 12, 2002: Morgenthau announces a criminal indictment accusing Kozlowski and Swartz of enterprise corruption for allegedly stealing more than $170 million from Tyco and obtaining $430 million by fraud in the sale of company shares. Former Tyco corporate counsel Mark Belnick is charged separately with falsifying records to conceal more than $14 million in company loans. Dec. 17, 2002: Former Tyco board member Frank Walsh pleads guilty in an alleged scheme to hide the $20 million in fees for the CIT Group deal. Oct. 7, 2003: The first trial of Kozlowski and Swartz begins with opening statements in which prosecutors characterize them as crime bosses who looted Tyco. Defense lawyers call them honest executives who deserved and disclosed all corporate payments and perks. Oct. 28, 2003: The jury is shown a video of a birthday party Kozlowski threw for his wife at a resort in Sardinia. Tyco paid roughly half the $2 million cost of the event, which featured entertainers clad in togas and an appearance by singer Jimmy Buffett. Nov. 25, 2003: Prosecutors show the jury a video of the $6,000 shower curtain and other lavish furnishings that decorated Kozlowski's Tyco-owned apartment in Manhattan. April 2, 2004: A mistrial is declared after a juror says she received a letter pressuring her to convict Kozlowski and Swartz. Some observers said the juror, Ruth Jordan, had...