A former Sarah Lawrence College student who fell under the control of convicted predator Larry Ray admitted Wednesday to conspiring to launder money he made from his sex trafficking scheme.
Isabella Pollok, 31, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to a single count of money laundering counts, specifically relating to the proceeds of Ray’s ill-fated scheme to sell and extort a group of college students and other young people.
Pollok told Judge Lewis Liman that she participated in financial transactions “generated by illegal activity” as part of the conspiracy, hoping to hide the source and ownership of the money.
If she is sentenced on February 22, she faces a maximum of five years in prison.
Assistant US Attorney Mollie Bracewell told Liman that had the case gone to trial, prosecutors would have presented a variety of evidence, including testimonies and financial records, including ledgers, seized by Pollok.
The evidence would overlap with that prosecutors used to secure a conviction against Ray, who was found guilty in April of 15 counts including racketeering, sex trafficking and money laundering.
Ray, 62, drew the group of young adults into a cult-like “family” after moving into his daughter Sarah Lawrence’s dorm room in 2010.
The sadistic fiend forced a woman, Claudia Drury, into prostitution and collected around $2.5 million from her over four years.
At his trial, numerous victims testified that Pollok was acting as Ray’s top lieutenant, including Drury, who told the jury that the couple had tortured her in a hotel room for hours after Ray got angry with her.
Ray forced Drury to strip naked, handcuffed her to a chair, and positioned her in the room at Midtown’s Gregory Hotel near a glowing air conditioner.
He then poured cold water over her and choked her with a plastic bag and pillow, Drury testified.
Pollok taunted Drury during the torture session, calling her a “forger” and telling her the water was “room temperature,” she testified.
Pollok will remain free on bail pending sentencing. She did not comment as she left the court on Wednesday.
Ray faces a life sentence when he is convicted on December 1st.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/07/larry-rays-top-lieutenant-isabella-pollok-pleads-guilty-in-sarah-lawrence-sex-cult-case/ Larry Ray’s top lieutenant Isabella Pollok pleads guilty to Sarah Lawrence sex cult case