Lawyer Christina Kitterman gets five years in federal prison for unwittingly aiding mentor in fraud

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 22 (UPI) --South Florida lawyer Christina Kitterman was sent to prison for impersonating a bar official, unwittingly helping her mentor in a $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme.
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Wife of Florida Ponzi scammer sent to prison for 18 months

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida woman was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison this week for trying to hide some the ill-gotten gains from her husband's massive Ponzi scheme.

Two attorneys charged as part of alleged Ponzi scheme

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Two Florida lawyers have been criminally charged for allegedly participating in a $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme run by a former colleague, prosecutors said.

Gianni Versace's Miami Beach mansion to be auctioned

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., July 17 (UPI) -- The Miami Beach mansion where Italian designer Gianni Versace was gunned down in 1997 is to be put up for auction in September, The Miami Herald reports.

Fraudster's uncle sentenced to four years

MIAMI, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A federal judge has sentenced William Boockvor, uncle of Florida Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, to four years in prison for helping his nephew dupe investors.

Lawyer: Ponzi schemer Rothstein 'credible'

MIAMI, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein was "extremely credible" as he faced questions Monday in Miami from attorneys representing his victims, a lawyer said.

Man sentenced to 5 years for Ponzi roles

MIAMI, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- An associate of Ponzi-scheme operator Scott Rothstein was sentenced in Florida to five years in prison for impersonating various professionals to dupe victims.

Ponzi schemer's watches to be auctioned

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 12 (UPI) -- Federal authorities said a watch collection belonging to Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein will be auctioned in Florida to help pay back his victims.

Judge protects Ponzi schemer for 6 months

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- Lawyers seeking damages for the victims of admitted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein must wait until December to question him, a judge in Florida ruled Friday.

Fraudster's property on auction block

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. authorities say they are preparing for another auction of property belonging to Scott Rothstein, now serving a 50-year prison term for fraud.

Judge says his name was forged

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Florida, Kenneth Marra, said it was his forged name attached to fraudulent court documents used in a scam that netted $57 million.

Four more charged in Rothstein fraud case

MIAMI, May 28 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Florida charged four Scott Rothstein associates with aiding and abetting the convicted Ponzi scheme operator with his $1.2 billion fraud.

Condo of convicted Fla. lawyer on market

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- A luxury condo unit in New York owned by convicted Ponzi operator Scott Rothstein seized by officials is on the market for $5.4 million, the listing indicated.

Seek deposition from Ponzi schemer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- Attorneys for victims of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein want Rothstein to detail how he pulled off the largest investment fraud in Florida history.

Wine dealer caught in sting gets 4 years

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- An Italian-born wine dealer in Florida with alleged Mafia connections was sentenced to four years Wednesday for agreeing to help an FBI informant launder money.
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Scott W. Rothstein (born June 10, 1962) is a disbarred lawyer and the former managing shareholder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the now-defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm. He was accused of funding his philanthropy, political contributions, law firm salaries, and an extravagant lifestyle with a massive 1.2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme. On December 1, 2009, Rothstein turned himself in to authorities and was subsequently arrested on charges related to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Although his arraignment plea was not guilty, Rothstein cooperated with the Government and reversed his plea to guilty of five federal crimes on January 27, 2010. Rothstein was denied bond by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Rosenbaum, who ruled that due to his ability to forge documents, he was considered a flight risk.

On June 9, 2010, Rothstein received a 50-year prison sentence after a hearing in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, although federal prosecutors in 2011 filed a motion notifying the court they would be seeking a sentence reduction for Rothstein.

His firm had 70 lawyers and 150 employees, with offices in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tallahassee, Florida, New York and Caracas, Venezuela. The firm focused on labor and employment matters, civil rights, intellectual property, internet law, corporate espionage, personal injury, wrongful death, commercial litigation, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and governmental relations. His client list included: Citicorp, J. C. Penney, Ed Morse Automotive Group, National Beverage, Silversea Cruise Lines, Supra Telecom, and Wells Fargo. Until he was permanently disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court on November 25, 2009, Rothstein was a member of the Florida Bar and admitted by the United States Supreme Court. He had been given an "AV" peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

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