He's confident those experiences will serve him well at his nonprofit foundation.

"The guards are insane," Orbach says of the county jailers. "The stress is incredible. There is always tension there—among the guards and the inmates."

"I know the legal structure," he says.

*     *     *

Orbach says he does not like to dwell on his dark days, but he believes it is important to put it all in proper context.

Despite coming from a distinguished family and having made millions upon millions for his bank clients, Orbach also had a wild side. In the early 2000s, he violated a family court's order, illegally fired a gun and was cruel to animals, the latter earning him jail time.

After he began dating a woman in 2006, loved ones around him told him they saw red flags, Orbach now says. That was confirmed by Shannon Parnell, Orbach's dear friend of 10 years.

Parnell and then-single Orbach met when they were living in the same Irvine complex, started seeing each other romantically, and were on and off after that. She went to visit Orbach in prison and put him up for about a month in her home when he needed a place to stay after his parole.

"We never argued," Parnell says of Orbach. "He was never a violent person. He was never yelling and screaming."

Brief pause.

"Then he got with this woman."

According to the Weekly's earlier report, Orbach hit her with a pipe, punched her in the face, slashed the tires on her car, threw M-80 explosives on her roof, and sent her countless emails and messages.

He says the "M-80" was a Piccolo Pete he meant to throw in her back yard, but it landed on her roof, starting a small fire that a neighbor put out with a garden hose. That earned Orbach one of his two felony strikes, for arson. The other was for stalking.

"I shouldn't have done it," he says.

Around the time Orbach's personal life was in shambles, his business was imploding thanks to the global recession.

"I wish I could say I survived the recession," he says. "I think I had a nervous breakdown."

Many clients at Pacific Financial Advisors defaulted on their loans, making Orbach's company on the hook to investors and forcing him to sue some close friends and business associates. "It was a perfect storm," he recalls. "I spent seven years building a business, and through no fault of my own, it just vaporized."

He says he lost $10 million and his house. After being cut loose from the Seal Beach jail, he immediately contacted his ex-girlfriend. He got busted for felony stalking. That probation violation made him eligible to serve his complete prison sentence.

The arson count alone had him originally looking at up to seven years in state prison. Combined with all the other charges against him, the maximum sentence could have been 14 years. Prosecutors offered him five years if he'd plead guilty.

Orbach could not contemplate the offer in the relatively comfortable Seal Beach jail, but in Orange County's Central Jail, which he found "old and disgusting," and Theo Lacy Facility, which he called "brutal." Since he was accused of two felony strikes, he was kept with the "hardcore" inmates, who he said would look him over, puzzled, and ask, "What are you doing here?"

"The guards are insane," Orbach says of the county jailers. "The stress is incredible. There is always tension there—among the guards and the inmates. The food is terrible."

It was so bad that when his lawyer said he might be able to shave off some of those five years (really four years with time served) while Orbach stayed in county, the inmate instead took the prosecution offer because "I would rather go to prison for four years than spend another year in county."

Orbach would do his prison stretch at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison and the Jamestown Fire Camp. As at county, he'd be told by guards and prisoners he did not belong there. "I told them I deserved to be here," Orbach says. "I don't think I deserved that amount of time, but I deserved to be there. I could have kept myself out of it. It was a form of respect, too. I took ownership of it; I manned up. I would not stay in protective custody. I did not take the easy way out."

He learned to carry himself a certain way, roll with prison politics and keep from being drawn into one-on-one drama, although he discovered "when there is a riot, you are expected to join in."

Orbach read a lot and provided books and legal assistance to fellow inmates. He found many came from nothing and went back to nothing. All they wanted was a chance, especially a chance for a job.

That's when he hit upon the idea for his foundation.

*     *     *

The Medici family was at one time the richest family in Italy, collecting wealth in the Mugello region of the Tuscan countryside in the 13th century; gaining prominence as a political dynasty, banking family and royal house in the Republic of Florence during the late 14th century; and seeing Medici Bank rise to the largest in Europe during the 15th century. Cosimo de' Medici (1389-1464), who controlled the government in Florence despite no official title, used his family's wealth to support artists and sculptors and build churches and large libraries, which he filled with his own books. After his death, Cosimo was named Pater Palrige (father of his country).

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crabbyme
crabbyme

Now for a update on Mr. Orbach looks like he is back in jail... for what you might  ask  well  he was Stalking once again.. Hmmmm looks like there was no lesson learned. He's in court today.. 

fixithair
fixithair

What can I do to help?  This is a program I can believe in.

pra2291
pra2291

Oooooooh Noooooo...  The reason they don't have rehab for white collar dudes, is because they have personality disorders that cannot be changed.  Genetic monsters.  Horrible for the family.  Hope and a short leash is about all you can give them, or you, when one of these guys is in your karmic circle.  I know.  My ex husband is in "camp" for a huge "Madoff-esque" explosion in 2003.  The Medici's were evil.  He might want to rethink the name.... Also, generosity, flipped over?  It's called greed.  And greed can be for anything:  money, attention, love...food, drugs, more attention. 


I wish him luck. 

jsph_bourdeau
jsph_bourdeau

This guy's nothing but a con artist , and  the Medicis were actually an  Italian Mafia family . 

Whackadoodle
Whackadoodle

Looks Shifty. Spoiled Child and he's still getting attention. Stop it. LOL

Pacific Financial Hires Criminals ??? Stay away from them too.

sandy
sandy

Not surprised that this guy admitted to animal abuse when he was young.  Being a privileged white kid probably kept him under the radar for a long time. 

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Once a businessman always a criminal except to the cops that are criminals themselves.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Wasn't a problem for my old employer back in '09 - He took the State of California for 10.2 Million for workers comp fraud, didn't pay his employees their final paychecks and went to prison himself for the crimes of giving state guard cards to known felons in New York to guard the Statue of Liberty with on Government contracts. Turns out he was an Egyptian immigrant transplant.

His partner business manager went with him on weapons possession charges and a few other things. I lost at least $1400.00 in final pay over that one when the FBI raided the offices. Over 200 guards lost their jobs and pay. 

Rossinonte
Rossinonte

Obsessive and Compulsive. Investors beware...

1000Steps
1000Steps

Wife beating banker aids Liberal cause? And that's how quick OCWeekly flips.

TB12345
TB12345

Randy is not telling the truth, he has not talked to his children for years and if you look into public records ,you will find the truth. Also, I find it interesting that this sisters name is not given or that article does not bring up his brother. The reason is because his brother is an attorney and his sister is in public office (lawsuits?). But, he gives his children's names, although he got his sons age incorrect. His children are trying to move on with their lives they did not ask to be dragged into his public cry to get money for his business so he can once again be a millionaire .

Randy, is the same man he was before going to prison. Still trying to be something he is not, still lying, still has no relationship with his children, his ex-wife still has restraining order due to death threats, and has never said sorry to anyone he has hurt.

Randy wrote "I deserved to be in prison and take ownership" another lie sorry has never come out of his mouth. If he really wanted to help he would get a job and pay taxes. He talked about the fact he does not like where our tax dollars have gone. What? Our tax dollars went to him working up to 10,000 push-ups a day.

Randy if you don't miss the cars and the house, why you driving a BMW?

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

Randy Orbach is making a move in the right direction.  Instead of carrying the burden of anger after release from prison, he is carrying a torch of positive thinking and redemption.  


Good people, perhaps in the heat of passion, from time to time do things they later regret.   In Randy's case, he served five years in prison as the consequence of his actions.  His debt to society and the rule of law has been paid in full.


Randy Orbach would not be the first felon I have heard about who has followed jail time with a very successful career.  He deserves commendation, not condemnation.



Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

I tried to do a good thing and hire an ex-con once.  It ended up in disaster, and a huge amount of after hours work on my part unraveling a legal mess. Never again.

mcraft
mcraft

I applaud Randy and his efforts at changing his path and the course of his, and others', lives. His foundation is a novel and necessary one.

Burqueno_By_The_Bay
Burqueno_By_The_Bay

Or you could get a real job like most people who stay out of trouble. Youŕe just not as smart as you think you are.

TB12345
TB12345

I want to clarify something, Randy has talked to this kids text,ect. Yes, he made contact. However, no apology, no admitting any wrong doing, not even a sorry for disowning them and threatening them. They do not have the relationship Randy lied about in this article.

lucien.alacard28
lucien.alacard28

@JGlanton

I rent and have rented to two felons since 2007.

They have always paid their rent and are sex offenders on top of that.


 
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