- Associated Press - Monday, May 2, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - An attorney has admitted in New York City he conspired to launder nearly $19 million to aid celebrity financial adviser Kenneth Starr’s fraud.

Jonathan Bristol pleaded guilty Monday in Manhattan federal court.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH’-ruh) says Bristol “abused his position” as a partner at a prominent law firm to repeatedly break the law. He says Bristol “should have been a gatekeeper” but instead was an “enabler” for Starr’s criminal activity.

The 55-year-old Bristol could face up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced Sept. 26.

As part of his plea agreement, he must pay more than $18.6 million in restitution.

Starr once advised Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone and Martin Scorsese. He pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced in March to seven and a half years in prison.

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