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POLICE ARREST MOUSEKETEER IN SEC PROBE; ORIGINAL MEMBER OF '50S SHOW, ASSOCIATE CHARGED IN PERJURY.



Byline: Peter Hartlaub Daily News Staff Writer

Proving that life doesn't always imitate television, one of the perky perk·y  
adj. perk·i·er, perk·i·est
1. Having a buoyant or self-confident air; briskly cheerful.

2. Jaunty; sprightly.



perk
 stars of the 1950s hit the ``Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse

Famous character of Walt Disney's animated cartoons. He was introduced in Steamboat Willie (1928), the first animated cartoon with sound. Mickey was created by Disney, who also provided his high-pitched voice, and was usually drawn by the studio's head animator,
 Club'' was arrested Wednesday after a federal grand jury indictment accused her of lying under oath Noun 1. lying under oath - criminal offense of making false statements under oath
bearing false witness, perjury

infraction, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, violation, infringement - a crime less serious than a felony
.

Darlene Gillespie Darlene Faye Gillespie was born April 8, 1941, in Montreal, Canada. She is best known for having been a singer and dancer on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show from 1955 to 1958. Her Irish father and French-Canadian mother were a former vaudeville dance team. , 56, was one of the original Mouseketeers, appearing on the TV show from 1955 to 1959. She was arrested in the morning at her Oxnard home on charges including conspiracy, obstruction of justice A criminal offense that involves interference, through words or actions, with the proper operations of a court or officers of the court.

The integrity of the judicial system depends on the participants' acting honestly and without fear of reprisals.
 and perjury perjury (pûr`jərē), in criminal law, the act of willfully and knowingly stating a falsehood under oath or under affirmation in judicial or administrative proceedings. , then was released after a late-afternoon bail hearing.

She was accompanied by a court-appointed public defender public defender, governmental official who represents indigent persons accused of crime. U.S. Supreme Court decisions expanding the right to counsel to pretrial proceedings and holding that a person cannot be sentenced to even one day in jail unless a lawyer was , Morton Boren, who criticized the U.S. Attorney's Office for stranding her at the downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The sprawling, multi-centered megacity is such that its downtown core is often considered just another district like Hollywood or  courthouse with no car and no money.

``The government got her here, I want the government to bring her home,'' Boren said, after U.S. District Court Judge James McMahon ordered Gillespie to return Monday for arraignment A criminal proceeding at which the defendant is officially called before a court of competent jurisdiction, informed of the offense charged in the complaint, information, indictment, or other charging document, and asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or as otherwise permitted . Her attorney said she would not have to pay bail.

The judge also ordered Gillespie to turn in her passport today and stay in California.

``I'm sure the government (isn't) running a taxi service,'' McMahon said. ``I think that's more your problem than it is mine.''

The 26-count indictment accuses Gillespie and 60-year-old Jerry Fraschilla of lying under oath during depositions taken during an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission that started in 1993.

The 10-page indictment also contends that Gillespie and Fraschilla made up an imaginary person called ``Michael Andrews'' to establish stock brokerage accounts and write bad checks.

The indictment says: ``Michael Andrews was a fictitious entity which defendants Jerry Fraschilla and Gillespie created and improperly used to establish stock brokerage accounts and to purchase stock.''

Gillespie and Fraschilla came to court in street clothes, holding hands while they waited for their case to be called.

Boren instructed the former Mouseketeer not to comment to the press, and the only words she spoke at the hearing were a quiet, ``Yes I am,'' when asked by McMahon if she was Darlene Gillespie.

It wasn't Gillespie's first trip to court. A jury sentenced her to probation earlier this year for a misdemeanor petty theft conviction involving a supposedly stolen food processor from a Ventura Macy's. In 1990, Gillespie sued Walt Disney Productions, claiming the studio promised to make her a star when she signed a contract to appear on the ``Mickey Mouse Club.'' The case later was settled out of court.

McMahon set $50,000 bail for Fraschilla, after prosecutors alleged that he's been carrying his dead father's driver's license and used that identity to get a car, cellular phone and credit cards.

Prosecutors said Fraschilla is a flight risk and asked that he be detained without bail.

``I wouldn't trust the word of this defendant as far as I can throw him, but I don't think this is a detention case,'' McMahon said.
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