Perhaps the hottest seat in hell is resolved for those elected officials who plough the public trough with such firmness, such a single concentrated focus of mind that his eventual discovery and arrest qualify for a Greek tragedy. Hell’s hot seat is awaiting Andrew Stein, the former New York City official and associate of fraudster Kenneth Starr, who has pleaded guilty to tax evasion.
On this earth, Stein faces up to one year in prison on the misdemeanor failure to pay income taxes count. He was accused of not paying taxes for the year 2008; he was not charged in the Starr case despite allegations that Starr spent some of the up to $50 million he stole on Stein’s “extravagant personal expenses.” In the nether plains, Stein will be doing the bidding of Beelzebub, teaching inmates the glories of greed and avarice.
Starr pleaded guilty to ripping off his clients, including an unidentified hedge fund manager and several Hollywood luminaries, in September. Starr allegedly moved investor money through a shell company set up by Stein, Wind River LLC. Notice how you can’t have a shell company without “hell’?
At his own plea hearing Wednesday, Stein cleverly admitted that he “stupidly did not pay the taxes” for 2008, when he “had taxable income in excess of $1 million,” according to the charge. The devil has many attributes, but stupidity is not high among them.
“I was wrong, your honor,” Stein, who served both as Manhattan borough president and president of the New York City Council, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis. “I take full responsibility for it.” Oh will he ever!
Stein was released on his own recognizance, pending his sentencing. Don’t expect him to visit any churches during his release, unless of course Lucifer bids him to burn them down.