LIVES OF THE FELONS
Copyright 2007 by William A. Mays, Proprietor
Lester Alan Euell has an obsession with the National Police Gazette. He imagines himself as a publishing mogul and has made claims that he or his associates, most notably Edgar Alexander Barrera, are or have been publishers of the Gazette. This was never true. Euell has a conviction for felony fraud and appears to be a life-long con artist. Here are some facts from his history:
Lester Alan Euell was born October 18, 1955, and has spent most of his life in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, Florida.
Lester Euell has a history of fraudulent activity going back to 1979, when the Securities and Exchange Commission found Euell and his business, Drew Investment Associates, willfully violated the registration, anti-fraud and investment advisory contracts provisions of the Investment Advisers Act. Part of the violation involved charging a subscription for a non-compliant newsletter.
In Volusia County alone, Lester Euell has been the defendant in 32 civil lawsuits since 1985.
In 1993, the New York Times published an article that described Lester Euell making a nonsensical bid to buy the New York Post. The article notes Euell tried to hide and change his name.
In 1995, Lester Euell was convicted in New York of Felony Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree. He served time in state prison at the Fishkill Correctional Facility.
In 2002, Lester Euell went to Greensboro, North Carolina, under the name Leonard Harris, claiming to be a publisher starting up a newspaper. Reports are he raised perhaps $1 million from investors and advertisers before residents began questioning his true identity and whether he really intended to run an ongoing newspaper operation. In 2003, Euell fled the state rather than stay and face investigators.
In March 2009, Lester Euell moved from the Daytona Beach area to Los Angeles. He remained there until February 2010, when he moved back to Daytona/Ormond Beach. During his time in Los Angeles he may have solidified his relationship with Edgar Alexander Barrera, a resident of Grand Terrace, California. Barrera moved in with Euell in Daytona Beach and has been in constant legal trouble in Volusia County since 2012.
In February 2016, Lester Euell and Edgar Alexander Barrera were arrested for petit theft and resisting an officer without violence. They'd been caught shoplifting from a Walmart.
On July 14, 2016, while Lester Euell was awaiting trial on the shoplifting charge, Volusia County filed a Petition for Involuntary Placement to have Euell evaluated at a mental health institution. The petition was later withdrawn, but Euell spent the next several months delaying and avoiding his court dates, eventually pleading no contest to disorderly conduct. Adjudication by the court is currently withheld.
|Lester Alan Euell mugshot February 19, 2016