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Hedge funds manager’s girlfriend pleads guilty to helping him flee

CNN.com – The girlfriend of a convicted hedge fund manager who disappeared last year, leading to speculation that he had committed suicide rather than report to prison, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to helping him, according to federal prosecutors.

Debra Ryan pleaded guilty to "aiding and abetting Samuel Israel III’s failure to surrender to serve his sentence on June 8, 2008," according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

With the guilty plea, she avoids a trial but still faces up to 10 years in prison. But the judge indicated Tuesday that she will most likely face about four to 10 months in prison, federal prosecutors said.

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