A New York attorney who pleaded guilty to a crime involving a scheme to extort some $5 million from a convicted securities-fraud defendant for the benefit of the attorney’s friend, who was also convicted in the same underlying securities fraud case, has been suspended for three years from practicing law.

The attorney, Mark D. Weissman, pleaded guilty in 2019 to the federal crime of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release on the plea and an Appellate Division, First Department decision issued Thursday that suspended Weissman’s law license.