A former partner at Winston & Strawn LLP has pleaded guilty to a money laundering conspiracy charge, admitting that he helped Manhattan-based financial advisor Kenneth Starr launder nearly $19m in fraud proceeds. Jonathan Bristol allowed Starr to wire funds in and out of his attorney trust accounts despite knowing the money was linked to Starr's fraud, court documents stated.
"Bristol should have been a gatekeeper; instead, he was an enabler to Kenneth Starr and his multi-million dollar fraud," said Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Starr, whose client list boasted Hollywood celebrities such as film director Martin Scorsese and actress Goldie Hawn, pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges in September 2010. Because Starr paid bills for his clients, recommended investments, and even collected their earnings, it was easy for him to steal their money and use it for his personal expenses.
Bristol, 55, was a partner at Winston & Strawn in
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