Lawrence Penn III, the founder of New York private-equity firm the Camelot Group, accepted a plea deal on Monday after admitting that he stole $9.3 million from investors to spend on personal items, the New York Post reports.
The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to grand larceny and falsifying business records and received a reduced two- to six-year prison sentence, according to the Post, which reported that Assistant District Attorney Chevon Walker had suggested four to 12 years. Penn will also have to repay $8.3 million.
Using the stolen money, Penn made credit card payments, withdrew cash, rented two apartments and paid for high-end office space, jewelry and an expensive car.
Defense attorney Ben Brafman called the deal “a fair disposition,” saying, “I commend Judge Ward for having the independence to impose a sentence substantially below what the district attorney was asking for” in light of “my client’s sterling record before this incident,” according to the Post.
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