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Eatery Owner Held in Theft of $992,000

By Jeff Shields
Web-posted 11:54 p.m. Aug. 11, 2000

HOLLYWOOD — The owner of Estrella del Mar, a fashionable downtown eatery and nightclub, is sitting in the Miami-Dade County Jail with little prospect for bail, accused of stealing nearly $1 million from her day job to finance her restaurant.

Gail Marie Winer, 45, will be charged with 16 counts of grand theft at her arraignment Aug. 21, Assistant State Attorney Jeffrey Lynne said. She also faces a civil lawsuit that has frozen Estrella del Mar's assets and blocked any sale of the business.

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