Mike Fleming

Kenneth Starr, who last May was arrested for running a Ponzi scheme on celebs that included Uma Thurman, Jim Wiatt, Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino, drew a 7.5 year sentence, the New York Daily News reports. He pleaded guilty last September. Starr was a nerdy accountant who changed his look after he hooked up with former Scores dancer Diane Passage and used money from clients to fund a lavish lifestyle. The 67-year old’s scheme was uncovered when clients like Thurman and Wiatt began comparing notes and discovered irregularities. It’s reminiscent of the money manager Dana Giacchetto, who became a preeminent investor of movie star money  in the 1990s and was undone after he got caught up in the reflected glow of fame. For wealthy stars and Hollywood deal makers, it’s also a terrific reminder that when your investment adviser sheds the pocket pencil protector and begins dressing up in black outfits and encourages you to invest in a competitive pole dancing league start up (as Starr reportedly did), it’s time to get your money the heck out of there.