A hedge-fund cheat who faked his death to try to dodge a 20-year prison sentence has told a judge that he did actually try to commit suicide this week. Samuel Israel appeared in Manhattan federal court today for a new charge that could get him an extra 10 years.
A massive manhunt ended yesterday when Israel surrendered in Massachusetts. Israel disappeared on the day he was to report to prison. He abandoned his SUV on a bridge north of New York City with the words "Suicide is Painless" scrawled in dust on the hood. He was sentenced in April for conspiracy and fraud for scamming half a billion dollars from investors.