This was no Mickey Mouse crime.
An original Mouseketeer is accused of mail fraud for allegedly siphoning more than $300,000 in payouts from a multimillion-dollar class-action suit that she had nothing to do with, authorities said this weekend.
Darlene Gillespie (search), one of the nine original members on the 1950s hit TV show "The Mickey Mouse Club," (search) and her husband, Jerry Fraschilla, were busted Thursday for allegedly forming bogus companies to grab a piece of an investment settlement involving a scale maker.
Gillespie, 64, and Fraschilla — each of whom has done time — scammed nine checks, exceeding $317,000, despite not having invested a dime in Measurement Specialties, according to the complaint, filed in Brooklyn.
Fraschilla even named his dad — dead since 1992 — as a claimant, authorities said.
The checks were deposited July 5 in their hometown of Oxnard, Calif. The couple, being held in federal custody, has a bail hearing scheduled for Tuesday and must return to New York eventually to be arraigned.
A call to their California lawyer went unreturned.
Gillespie, a failed country-music singer, spent two years and Fraschilla nine months in prison on a 1998 conviction for securities fraud.
In addition, she reportedly got probation in 1997 for shoplifting.