Mandel's son files for bankruptcy home under foreclosure

November 07, 1990|By Michelle Singletary | Michelle Singletary,Evening Sun Staff

Gary S. Mandel, son of former Gov. Marvin Mandel, has filed for personal bankruptcy.

The younger Mandel, an Owings Mills resident who works for the Janet & Strausberg law firm in Pikesville, filed for a Chapter 13 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Monday.

He refused to comment on the action.

Gary Mandel only last year was reinstated to the Maryland Bar following his 1986 disbarment. He was convicted in 1985 of four federal charges of forging prescriptions to buy Dilaudid, a pain-killer to which he had become addicted while undergoing treatment for a back injury.

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that Mandel could be reinstated as a lawyer after he proved he was drug-free.

Gary Mandel's father, the former governor, was disbarred in 1982 after he served 19 months of a four-year federal prison term. Marvin Mandel was reinstated to the bar at the same time as his son after the U.S. Supreme Court left intact a federal appeals court ruling that wiped out his 1977 criminal conviction on mail fraud and racketeering charges.

On his drug charges, Gary Mandel served four months in a work-release program and performed 150 hours of community service.

In the bankruptcy filing, Gary Mandel, who is in his mid-40s, said he earned $60,000 last year. He listed his debts as a $21,000 to Maryland Pools, $7,700 to a lawn-care firm and a $7,800 bill to Interiors by Carol Inc.

Carol Suttka, owner of the Salisbury-based interior-design company, said she has been trying since 1988 to collect on work her firm did for Gary Mandel and his wife, Rita Mae.

Gary Mandel's home is under foreclosure, and he owes $254,000 on the house to American Federal Savings Bank in Rockville and $80,000 to Modern Management Co. in Washington, D.C. He listed the market value of his house as $450,000.

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