Tonken tries the book route

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Aaron Tonken, the Hollywood scammer due to be sentenced soon after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges, is circulating a book proposal, says New York Post gossiper Cindy Adams. She claims of Tonken's book: "He names names. Skewers every cinema celeb you ever heard of. Tells which VIPs took payoffs. What big-time stars did shakedowns."

Yeah, right. In a column last December, the LAT's Steve Lopez wrote of Tonken:

Tonken is the kind of man who, like Kato Kaelin, could find success only in L.A. The Canadian free-loader met Zsa Zsa Gabor at a restaurant and ended up living in her guesthouse.

Tonken tapped donors and underwriters for hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions, then used the money to pay off credit card bills and toss gold and diamonds to celebrities who appeared at fundraisers.

State Attorney General Bill Lockyer also has sued Tonken, "alleging he defrauded charities supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former President Clinton and some of Hollywood's most prominent celebrities out of more than $1.5 million."

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