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Eddie Murphy's Ex-Wife

Conman Indicted

In $7 Million Scam

12/20/2011 4:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Eddie Murphy's ex-wife is out $7 million -- and now, the man accused of conning her out of the dough has been indicted on charges of money laundering, mail fraud and obstruction of justice.

According to the federal indictment, Troy Stratos defrauded Nicole Murphy out of a massive chunk of her divorce settlement from Eddie -- $7 million in all  ... nearly half of what she took away from the marriage.

According to the docs, Stratos acted as Nicole's financial manager -- telling her he had invested her millions overseas, when in fact he transferred the lion's share of the money to his personal accounts.

Stratos also allegedly promised to help her sell her swanky home in Granite Bay, CA -- but secretly lived there instead ... rent-free ... all while leasing luxury cars with her money.

What's more ... Stratos allegedly convinced Nicole to refinance the home -- as well as her other pad in Sacramento -- and then used the money to cover his personal expenses.

A rep for Nicole has no comment due to ongoing litigation.

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16.

lalaland    

Not sure which is worse: His greed or her stupidity.

984 days ago
17.

Truth    

MEHHH... THIS DOESNT DO ANYTHING. ALL HE DOES IS GOES TO A MINIMUM SECURITY PRISON (SAY HI TO WESLEY SNIPES) AND THE BITCH IS STILL OUT THE 7 MIL. THEN HE CLAIMS BANKRUPTCY AND SHE GETS NADA ANYWAY. SO WHAT'S THE POINT?? OH, YEA... KARMA'S A BITCH! #TRUTH!!

984 days ago
18.

Athina    

I cannot believe how stupid this woman is. Just looking at this opportunist's face I can tell he's a crook. I guess he was in her bed too and she "trusted" him. Note to Nicole: When it comes to your money, trust only yourself.

984 days ago
19.

Jodi    

In order for Troy to get that close and personal to Nicole where he could spend her money like that, convince her to refinance her house and she never saw any returns or asked any questions he must have been laying it on her hot and heavy The man may be a con man but he is fine. Now she's out almost half of her divorce settlement money along with 5 kids she still has to provide for.

984 days ago
20.

Fallopia Lopez    

Way to do your homework, Nicole. Easy come, easy go is absolutely correct.

984 days ago
21.

Tony C    

You can't fix stupid.Trust no one with your money.

984 days ago
22.

Fallopia Lopez    

OMG - Google the guy. He has a website that is so incredibly amateur it's ridiculous. By the way, he's a 'director', too. And he wrote speeches for Clinton. I guess lust makes people stupid.

984 days ago
23.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

OMG that is horrible. There is no way she will recover that money. Hopefully he rots in prison, but that won't make her whole. What a sad story.

984 days ago
24.

SallyChi    

Read between the lines: They were F**cking and she fell for him and his bs.

984 days ago
25.

janet    

Murphys EX-Wife. He paid and she's own her own.


He has nothing to do with any of this crap.

984 days ago
26.

The Love Sponge    

She has the look of a drag queen. Is there something we don't know about? Yikes!

984 days ago
27.

Criss    

I'm sorry, but I still think she's got a total tranny look to her!

984 days ago
28.

tellmeaboutit     

Where the hell do these rich people meet these bottom feeders?? And trust them to manage their money without any verification of their credentials? I hope he gets nailed big time, the jackass.

984 days ago
29.

SallyChi    

Stratos attended Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, Stafford says, and was a straight-A student.
“Troy was smart enough to be president of the United States,” she says.
He met Nicole Mitchell in Sacramento when they were teenagers. In a letter to Hack sent from his Paris prison cell, he called her his first true love. She married Eddie Murphy in 1993.
At 21, Troy changed his name from Stafford to Stratos, his Greek grandfather’s name before he Americanized it to Stafford, according to Stratos’s prison letters. He dropped out of USC in 1987 and worked with Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, in Los Angeles, says Hack, who met Stratos in 1990. Hack was a syndicated television columnist for the Hollywood Reporter in L.A. at the time.

984 days ago
30.

tigress    

Wow, how dumb was she? Who would fall for such a scam unless she was sleeping with him and blinded by passion.

984 days ago
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