Fallen Master of the Universe: Michael Milkin

The junk-bond king pleads guilty, but he's getting off light

"I transgressed certain of the laws and regulations that govern our industry. I was wrong in doing so and knew at the time, and I am pleading guilty to these offenses." With those contrite but carefully crafted words, | deposed junk-bond king Michael Milken, 43, began a tearful confession before a federal judge in Manhattan last week. The man whose deals revolutionized Wall Street and convulsed corporate America read a 15-min. statement detailing his role in securities fraud that involved recently paroled speculator Ivan Boesky and investment banker Dennis Levine. "My plea is an acceptance of personal responsibility for my own...

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