Media baron Conrad Black is spending his last weekend of freedom throwing dinner parties at his elegant waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., just a short drive to the sprawling Coleman Federal Prison near DisneyWorld in Orlando.
Black, his glamorous wife Barbara Amiel and a stream of guests sipped fine wines and champagne, snacked on expensive gourmet fare and basked in the deposed mogul's last taste of elegance before he starts a 61/2 year sentence behind bars tomorrow.
In July, the 63-year-old Black was convicted in a federal court of looting $6 million from his media company, the former Hollinger International, and trying to cover up the crime by sneaking boxes of documents out of his Toronto office.
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Read about how Black says going to jail on Monday is "not the end of the world."
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Read about the conditions Black will encounter when he reports to the Coleman Federal Correctional Institute in central Florida at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon.