It was no way for an alleged master criminal to meet his fate, said Michelle Ruiz in AOLnews.com. When police last week searched the apartment of investment advisor Kenneth Starr (not the Clinton prosecutor), they found him hiding in a walk-in closet “in his sprawling Manhattan apartment.” It was quite a comedown for someone used to consorting with the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Annie Leibovitz. Starr, 66, has been charged with embezzling at least $30 million from clients such as actress Uma Thurman and screenwriter Nora Ephron. Prosecutors say Starr operated as a “mini-Madoff,” forging friendships with the rich and famous before inviting them to join his exclusive investment club.
The biggest surprise is that anyone fell for his sales pitch, said Michael Daly in the New York Daily News. In 2008, Starr was sued by an elderly widow who alleged he had stolen millions from her and used the money “to play the VIP,” booking a regular table at the Four Seasons and hobnobbing with celebrities. Prosecutors now say he spent the celebs’ money on himself, then claimed to have lost it all on ill-fated investments. Mini-Madoff? More like “a Max Bialystock without charm.”