A former Sarah Lawrence College student who fell under the control of convicted predator Larry Ray admitted on Wednesday to conspiring to launder money made from his sex-trafficking scheme.
Isabella Pollok, 31, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to a single money laundering conspiracy count, specifically related to proceeds of Ray’s sick plot to traffic and extort a group of college students and other young people.
Pollok told Judge Lewis Liman that as part of the conspiracy, she took part in financial transactions “generated by illegal activity” in the hopes of hiding the source and ownership of the cash.
She faces a maximum of five years in prison at her Feb. 22 sentencing.
Assistant US Attorney Mollie Bracewell told Liman that prosecutors would have introduced a host of evidence if the case had gone to trial, including witness testimony and financial records, including ledgers that were recovered from Pollok.
The evidence would overlap with what prosecutors used to win a conviction against Ray, who was found guilty in April of 15 counts, including racketeering, sex trafficking and money laundering.
Ray forced Drury to strip naked, handcuffed her to a chair and positioned her near a blasting air conditioner in the room at the Gregory Hotel in Midtown.
He then dumped cold water on her and choked her with a plastic bag and pillow, Drury testified.
Pollok taunted Drury during the torture session, calling her a “faker” and telling her the water was “room temperature,” she testified.
Pollok will remain free on bail until her sentencing date. She did not comment as she left court Wednesday.
Ray faces a maximum of life in prison at his sentencing on Dec. 1.
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