A Manhattan lawyer for high-profile clients and his associate were arrested Wednesday on federal charges of seeking to use bribes and violence to prevent witnesses from testifying against their client, the alleged head of a violent drug gang in Guyana. Both Robert Simels and his associate, Arienne Irving, face up to 10 years if convicted on charges of obstructing justice. One of Simels' previous clients was Henry Hill, the mobster-turned-informant whose life was the basis for the film "GoodFellas."
Two Attorneys Charged With Witness Tampering Through Attempted Bribes, Violence
New York Law Journal
September 12, 2008