Man Accused in Aliso Viejo Salon Bombing Charged With Financial Fraud – NBC Los Angeles

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The man accused of
killing his former girlfriend and business partner with a powerful package bomb
at a day spa in Aliso Viejo has been indicted on new, unrelated fraud charges,
according to court documents.

Stephen William Beal, 61, is accused in a newly unsealed two-count indictment of railing to report a $350,000 windfall from his wife’s death in the year after he filed for bankruptcy.

Beal was previously indicted in March, 2019, on charges he used a weapon of mass destruction to murder 48-year-old Ildiko Krajnyak and injure two others in the explosion on May 15, 2018. He has pleaded not guilty.

prosecutors said in a court filing last month the U.S. Justice Department had
not yet decided whether or not it would seek the death penalty in the bombing.

The U.S. Attorney
General’s “Capital Case Review Committee” met with Beal’s defense
lawyer last November in Washington, D.C., according to the filing, which also
requested a delay in the criminal proceeding.

“The parties
believe it is difficult to set motion and other deadlines without a decision
from the Attorney General,” prosecutors wrote, referring to the death
penalty decision.

Beal was arrested
two days after the bombing. Federal agents said they had discovered what
appeared to be an unregistered explosive device during a search of his home.
The charge was dismissed after experts could not be certain the device met the
legal definition.

Beal was arrested
again in 2019 after agents said items used to construct the bomb were similar
to materials found in Beal’s car and home, and Beal was allegedly recorded on
security video buying cardboard boxes similar to the one used in the bomb.

Beal and Krajnyak
had dated, and Beal remained her business partner in the salon after the
romantic relationship ended, investigators said in a court filing.

The new indictment
says Beal filed for bankruptcy in late 2009 but never reported he’d received a
large settlement after a dispute with an insurance company following the death
of his wife.

He was indicted on
one count each of concealment of bankruptcy assets and fraudulent transfer and
concealment of funds.

Beal allegedly
received a $350,000 payment from the life insurance company in April, 2011,
then distributed some of the funds to brokerage accounts and to at least one of
the debts listed under the bankruptcy petition.

Beal’s defense
attorney did not immediately reply to NBC4’s inquiries via phone or email.

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