Florida Judge Thomas E. Stringer Sr. has resigned after the disclosure of his dealings with a stripper, Christy Yamanaka, 48. Stringer was accused of helping Yamanaka of hiding assets from their creditors. The allegations were previously discussed on this blog.
While he previously declared that he would fight the charges, Stringer resigned shortly before he was to appear before the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Stringer is 64 and a married father with five adult children. He was Stetson University’s first black law school graduate and Hillsborough County’s first black circuit judge.
Yamanaka accused him of owing her money from jointly held Hawaiian property. Investigators claims that the judge and the stripper became friends in in 1995 and Stringer referred Yamanaka to his attorney son to help with her filing for a bankruptcy.
Yamanaka was being pursued for at least $315,000 by creditors and Stringer was accused of helping her hide assets with a series of bank accounts. He was the only listed owner on the Hawaii and allegedly allowed Yamanaka to live rent free.
Yamanaka shows that hell hath no fury like a stripper scorned. She has reportedly given the FBI documents to show wrongdoing by the judge and criticized Stringer for taking so long to resign.
He is not the only judge to resign recently over stripper problems. Chief Judge Edward Nottingham also left the bench under such a cloud.
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