The dirty deeds were done dirt cheap for an executive producer of the Exotic Erotic Ball, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail Monday for writing bad checks.
Howard Mark Mauskopf, 53, co-owner of Beverly Hills-based Perry Mann Productions, pleaded no contest to charges that he fraudulently paid for the band and emergency medical services at the 2009 Cow Palace ball.
The judge said Mauskopf can avoid spending any time in jail if he pays off his debts before mid-December. A restitution hearing will be held in November to determine exactly how much he must pay back. He remains out of custody on a $50,000 bail bond and his jail sentence does not begin until Jan. 14.
Mauskopf wrote two bounced $5,000 checks to the manager of the band “Missing Persons,” and used fake credit cards to pay for their hotel stay. He was also accused of writing $4,500 in fake checks to pay for emergency medical services at the ball.
At the time, Mauskopf's account was $12,000 in the red, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Last year, the 31st annual Exotic Erotic Ball, which was to be held in Richmond, was canceled due to poor ticket sales and cost overruns. The event, self-described as “part Marid Gras, part burlesque and part rock concert,” was first held in San Francisco and then moved to the Cow Palace in Daly City for about a decade.