- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2006

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Karen Kozlowski, whose husband L. Dennis Kozlowski once threw her a $2 million birthday party on a Mediterranean island, is seeking a divorce from the ex-Tyco International chief executive officer who was convicted of looting his company.

The divorce petition, filed July 31, asks that all of the couple’s assets and liabilities be equally distributed and that Dennis Kozlowski be required to pay his wife financial support.

Karen Kozlowski, 45, is seeking a lien to protect her half of a 15,000-square-foot waterfront mansion in Boca Raton the couple bought with no-interest Tyco loans for $19 million.

Dennis Kozlowski, who was sentenced in September to between eight and 25 years in prison, has been selling off other properties and fine art to pay $167 million in court-ordered fines and restitution.

The Kozlowskis were married May 5, 2001, on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Karen Kozlowski figured in her husband’s fraud trial when jurors were shown video of her lavish 40th birthday party on the island of Sardinia. About half of her party was paid for with Tyco funds.

Karen Kozlowski’s attorney in Miami, Jason Marks, declined to elaborate yesterday.

“It’s a very sensitive matter for both Karen and Dennis,” he said.

Dennis Kozlowski’s attorney in New York did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment yesterday.

Dennis Kozlowski and Tyco International Ltd.’s former chief financial officer, Mark Swartz, were convicted in June 2005 of looting Tyco of nearly $600 million to finance opulent lifestyles using illegal bonuses and loans.

Kozlowski was once one of the highest-paid executives in the country, earning about $267 million from 1999 through 2001.

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