April 25, 2003 |
An associate of Earthlink Inc. co-founder Reed Slatkin agreed to plead guilty to obstructing a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into a $593-million fraud scheme, prosecutors said. Richard McMullin, 38, will admit to making false statements to the FBI and the bankruptcy trustee for the Slatkin estate. Slatkin, 54, pleaded guilty last year to orchestrating a Ponzi scheme that solicited $593 million from almost 800 investors. He could face up to 105 years in prison and fines of $3.