There’s a new Bernie Madoff in town, and his name is Kenneth Starr. He is the mastermind behind a $30 million dollar Ponzi scheme that stole money from huge celebrities including Uma Thurman, Al Pacino, Sylvester Stallone, Annie Leibovitz, Martin Scorcese, and Wesley Snipes.
Starr, who lives in Manhattan, made business deals at charity events and parties, building a star-studded client list of socialites, financiers, philanthropists, A-list actors and Hall of Fame athletes.
But he was caught yesterday, when he was arrested in his $7.5 million condo in NYC, where he lives with his wife. Funny enough, she’s the one who told authorities he was hiding upstairs in the closet.
Annie Leibovitz said in a statement: "News of Ken Starr's arrest does not come as a complete surprise to me, and I will follow this story with great interest. Ken Starr no longer represents me and has not for some time."
Thurman ended up confronting Starr personally about $1 million that had mysteriously gone missing from her account. The money was then put back in the account, and then Starr took it out of the account of another client, an agent and his wife.
U.S. attorney Pete Bharara told the New York Times, “He used his access to famous and powerful clients to burnish an image of trustworthiness, inducing them to entrust him with management and control of their financial affairs.”
We know where this story is going! Bernie Madoff is currently serving a 150-year sentence for ripping tens of billions of dollars from high-profile clients. Looks like Starr’s fate will be similar. Maybe they can be cell mates!