• 27 May 2010 at 4:54 PM

Former Scores Stripper Took Cash in Ponzi Scheme

In the land of mini-Madoff’s, Kenneth Starr isn’t the biggest one out there. But, he did have a list of A-list clients that rivals only Bernie himself. Plus, his wife was a stripper at Scores, which is a lot more than you can say for Ruth Madoff.

Starr is charged with running a $30 million Ponzi scheme, along with an associate, Andy Stein, the former Manhattan borough president. Starr’s son, and his wife, former Scores stripper and pole dancer Diane Passage (left) are also accused of taking cash from clients to feed their lavish lifestyles. Starr’s wife actually runs Pole Superstar, a group promoting pole dancing as good exercise.

Here’s a list of Starr’s clients we have collected so far:

  • Wesley Snipes
  • Annie Leibowitz
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Caroline Kennedy
  • Denise Rich
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Uma Thurman
  • Robert Ziff
  • Marvin Rosen, a one-time finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • an “elderly heiress” who is nearly 100 years old, believed to be Rachel “Bunny” Mellon
  • Jacob Arabov — known as “Jacob the Jeweler”
  • Steven Brill
  • Jim Wiatt, former head of William Morris Agency

Manhattan Investment Guru to the Stars Busted in Alleged Ponzi Scheme [NBC NY]

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  1. Posted by D Carradine | May 27, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Ahhh…. Kouwe is now finally getting it!! Gratuitous cleave shots always assuage the angry readership masses!! Well done, ZW, well done!

  2. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Kouwe nailed it.

  3. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:07 PM
  4. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Nothing wrong with strippers……

    L. Pai

  5. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:12 PM
  6. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    HB definitely not needed.

  7. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Avril Lavigne with fake boobs?

  8. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    i’d tear that apart like a zach kouwe resume

  9. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    I think I saw her at Mirage Cabaret when the basis traders were meeting last Tuesday.

  10. Posted by Anal_yst | May 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Ah, because Leibowitz and Snipes needed to get into more money trubs, if those aren’t two raging examples that wealth != “financial sophistication” I don’t know what is.

  11. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    with the lights on

  12. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    no more than a 7

  13. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Kouwe, you didn’t actually completely Kouwe the bed with this one. Good on ya.

  14. Posted by Registered Rep | May 27, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    A plastic bitch with no soul and big tits! Just how we like em Zach, next time post a more risque picture of her business is slow for me today.

  15. Posted by enemy of the state | May 27, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    If you think this is not widespread, how do you rationalize that it was recently reported that Goldman Sachs never had a trading day loss in April yet its clients in eight out of ten cases lost money. Incompetence?

    Stupidity? The Financial Times reports “The trading operations of Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase made money every single business day in the first quarter … Goldman’s trading desk recorded a profit of at least $25m(£16.8) on each of the quarter’s 63 working days, making more than $100m a day on 35 occasions, according to a regulatory filing issued on Monday … JPMorgan also achieved a loss-free quarter in its trading unit – making an average of $118m a day, nearly $5m an hour”. Morgan Stanley reported trading profits on a mere 93% of the first quarter trading days. This defies any sort of logic in freely trading markets, unless the markets are controlled and the game fixed. These are better odds than owning a casino.

    The famous Barnum & Bailey carnival barkers used to snidely boast “there’s a sucker born every minute”. The carnival games were notoriously fixed so the ‘sucker’ almost certainly lost. I’m not indicting anyone here (I will leave that to our alarmingly incompetent regulatory and enforcement agencies), but rather I’m only reinforcing why we have entered an age of public rage and why I felt compelled to write the Extend & Pretend series of articles.


    Under RICO, a person who is a member of an enterprise that has committed any two of 35 crimes—27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes—within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering. Racketeering activity includes:

    * Any act of bribery (lobbying?), counterfeiting (naked shorting?), theft, embezzlement, fraud, obstruction of justice, money laundering,
    * Embezzlement of union funds (talk to the SEIU about Interest Rate Swaps!);
    * Bankruptcy fraud or securities fraud (where do we begin!);
    * Money laundering and related offenses;
    * Acts of terrorism (Financial – High Frequency ‘flash crash’ Trading?).

    In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of “racketeering activity.” RICO also permits a private individual harmed by the actions of such an enterprise to file a civil suit; if successful, the individual can collect treble damages.


  16. Posted by Uncle Billy Bass Fishing | May 27, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    No, no, no, yes, no, no, yes, no.

  17. Posted by Goldman Sachs Analyst | May 27, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    @15 Hey nut job, blow me. Prop shops never lose money either

  18. Posted by Anal_yst | May 27, 2010 at 6:11 PM


    When you can borrow @ 0% its pretty hard to lose money…Occam’s Razor, buddy. The best way to recapitalize the banks is through profits, not direct cash injections (“investments”); thus, you should be happy they’re printing so the Gov’t doesn’t have to pump the money in (again).

  19. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    @15 – Remember: shiny side out. And please be careful with that pitchfork. You could put an eye out.

  20. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    @15 have you heard of market making?

    good luck with the RICO, would love for you to file it so we can get some more info about you, will make for some great comments

  21. Posted by FinkNottle | May 27, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    I think @15 is an elaborate joke.

    — guy who is not the Joke Briefer but just stepped up to the plate

  22. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    32A how’d you get in here!

  23. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    i’d give ruth madoff a shot in the pail
    – gratuitous fromba

  24. Posted by Registered Rep | May 27, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    @15 Did you say Naked Shorties? Are you in Harlem?

  25. Posted by yeahh mayne | May 27, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    I’d smash it and leave baby batter on a particular area

  26. Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Die @15 you lunatic. May you be hung by your balls at a petrol station. You sound like you are crazier than a shit house rat.

    Oh Zack awesome pic! hell yes!

  27. Posted by Lewis Dodgson | May 28, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    much better pic of Starr and his wife: http://www.polesuperstar.com/photo11.html

  28. Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    i think this is a better picture – http://www.polesuperstar.com/photo-imperial-0312-5.html

  29. Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 at 3:28 AM

    one word …”handbridge”

  30. Posted by Drunk at Daybreak | May 28, 2010 at 4:22 AM

    What was that crack about making hoes into housewives? Starr proved it wrong. And I for one salute you sir.

    – Guy about to emulate said crack.

  31. Posted by Hand bridge hand maiden | May 28, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    She is about 2 sizes smaller than me. Amateur.

  32. Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 at 8:13 AM


    Goldman and friends made money everyday in the first quarter. If you have some inside info on how they are doing in April/May, call me. Also, they gave their clients bad advice on 7/9 recommendations. If you do not have the aforementioned inside information please stfu/gtfo.

  33. Posted by Suisse Miss | May 28, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Wasn’t Scores taken public by some loser with initials ASG?

    It’s a damn shame Denise Rich got taken for a ride by these criminals. Perhaps someone will see that justice is served later on this year (at least for her).

  34. Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 at 9:27 AM


  35. Posted by bill clinton | May 28, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    So this is the guy that convicted me of getting my cigar wet?

  36. Posted by bullrider | May 29, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    @15. I liked it,but i am nt sure if you are a liberal or an idiot. Am i on the wrong board here?

  37. Posted by bullrider | May 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    @35. I wish

  38. Posted by Sherman | May 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Boy OH boy she is going to be raw meat for all the ugly DIKES where she is going. All of those fake boobs going to waste just to please DIKES for the rest of her life.

  39. Posted by mincemeat | May 31, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    What an incredible whore. And the wife is even worse.