Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
A former stockbroker already facing prison after admitting he conned the Broadway producers of a failed production of “Rebecca” pleaded guilty on Tuesday to money laundering charges stemming from a separate investigation on Long Island, prosecutors said.
Mark Hotton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Central Islip to conspiring to launder the illicit proceeds of almost two decades of fraudulent activity stemming from his work as a stockbroker, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Federal prosecutors said in court filings that between January 1995 and October 2012, Hotton ran a series of securities fraud schemes, mail fraud schemes and other crimes. Hotton faces up to 20 years in prison and agreed to forfeit $1.8 million and pay $5.75 million in restitution to his victims as part of the plea agreement.
Hotton, 47, also laundered proceeds of his frauds to pay employees in cash so he could avoid paying federal withholding taxes, authorities said.
“Mark Hotton was a stockbroker who earned a substantial income, but that wasn’t enough for him,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. “For almost two decades, he was the star of his own drama, cheating investors, partners and his own employees to prop up the fairy tale of his success.”
On Monday, Hotton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to fraud charges, admitting he conned the “Rebecca” producers.
Hotton admitted he scammed the producers of tens of thousands of dollars with promises to raise $4 million to save the adaptation of the psychological thriller. He also admitted cheating a Connecticut real estate firm of hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last two years.
Hotton faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison in that case, according to the terms of a plea agreement he signed with federal prosecutors a couple of weeks ago.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.