Prosecutors Said Troy Stratos Is Back Up to His Old Tricks In Jail
Nicole Murphy’s childhood friend – who swindled the actress out of $10 million – had many opportunities to achieve success but instead choice to live an unrepentant and incorrigible life, so says the prosecutors who are arguing for a 30-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors told the judge that Troy Stratos is incapable of changing, and described how he’s turned to conning fellow inmates into believing he’ll manage them as male models and “training” them to walk the runway.
Over the summer, Stratos plead guilty to stealing more than $10 million from Murphy, which she received from her 2005 divorce from her ex-Eddie Murphy.
He convinced Nicole to allow him to invest her millions and he told her he was putting it overseas. In reality, he was living a lavish lifestyle, owning luxury automobiles like a Lamborghini & Rolls-Royce, purchasing a home, $50,000 grand piano and various extravagant shopping sprees.
Stratos was arrested for defrauding Murphy along with millions from other high-profile investors and has been behind bars since 2011.
His sentencing is scheduled for December 12th and is facing up to 30 years in prison.
Earlier this week, prosecutors filed docs pleading with the judge to throw the book at Stratos and sentence him to the maximum time in prison.
“Defendant Troy Stratos is exceptionally talented at what he does,” prosecutors said in court papers. “Unfortunately, what he does is steal other people’s money. Stratos has devoted nearly all of his adult life to defrauding individuals. The last legitimate income he earned was approximately $30,000 in 1993. Since then, through guile, the force of his personality, and lying with ease and without hesitation, Stratos has taken over $43,000,000 from his victims, leaving many of them financially ruined and emotionally scarred, while he has lived an incredibly extravagant lifestyle.”