Ronald Leon Rakow

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Ronald Leon Rakow or Ron Rakow was the head of now defunct Grateful Dead Records and manager of The Grateful Dead.[1][2]

Rakow allegedly embezzled $225,000 from the band. When confronted by band members Phil Lesh and Jerry Garcia, Rakow allegedly told them to go "fuck themselves"; he had cut himself a check for "what he was owed" and then left.[3]

On April 11, 2007, Rakow was sentenced to five years in federal prison for tax evasion of $2.2 million since 1985. [4][5]' On December 1, 2011, Rakow was released from prison.


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  3. ^ Lesh, Phil. Searching for the Sound. Little Brown and Company.
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  5. ^ "Ex-Grateful Dead Manager Sentenced". Fox News. 2007-04-11.