Lawrence Ray, who goes by Larry, is shown in a 2016 interview where he described being assaulted by a mafia boss. He is accused of manipulating his daughter's friends by turning them into a cult-like group
A conman has been accused of turning his daughter's group of college friends into a cult by moving in with them once he got out of prison then dividing them with disturbing control tactics which included forcing them to have sex with each other, convincing them they had poisoned him and driving some to multiple suicide attempts.
Lawrence Ray, 59, who goes by Larry, is a well-known New York scammer who has strong ties to disgraced former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik.
His past is murky but, in addition to spending times behind bars for his role in a securities fraud scam, he has worked on Wall Street, owned nightclubs, been an FBI informant and inserted himself in into powerful networks by brokering meetings.
After being released from prison in 2010 following a six month incarceration for breaching the terms of his custody agreement with his ex-wife, he moved in to his daughter Talia's college apartment while she was studying at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.
Over the next four years, he drove her and her friends apart by manipulating them into disturbing alleged scenarios which include multiple suicide attempts, lawsuits, sex in front of him and self-harming.
The allegations were laid out in a lengthy article by The Cut on Monday which includes testimony from some of the group.
The issues began in September 2010 when Ray was released from prison after six months. He was jailed for contempt of court for disobeying a judge's order regarding his custody agreement with his ex-wife.
In September 2010, Ray moved in to his daughter Talia's student apartment in Sarah Lawrence College, New York. They are shown when she was a teenager
Isabella Pollok was Talia's best friend. In 2010, Ray started sleeping in her room, claiming she needed him because she was going through a break-up. She is still living with him in New Jersey
He had previously been sentenced to five years of probation for his role in a securities fraud scam.
Ray moved in to the roommates' home and at first charmed them by cooking meals and occasionally taking them out for dinner, paying for the outings with a wad of cash that he carried in a backpack.
'He did all of our cleaning and definitely took on the dad role in the house,' one former housemate, who gave her name as Juli Anna, said.
At first, he slept on an air mattress in Talia's room but before long, he was sleeping in the same room as Isabella, his daughter's 19-year-old best friend who was going through a break-up and was coaching her, claiming she 'needed' him.
Gradually, he began to exert control over the group, they said.
According to some of the former roommates, Ray roped them all into what he framed to be a 'self improvement' program.
It soon involved them taking part in group 'sessions' in the living room where he would counsel them and tell them they had been brought together by their shared obsession with suicide, one recalled.
One involved them having to explain their past behavior and, at times, apologize to him for things he told them they had done to him.
This is the student housing where Ray lived with the eight students in 2010. He at first charmed them by cooking them