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Add another attorney to the collateral damage of Scott Rothstein’s $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme.

The Sun Sentinel is reporting that a Palm Beach County lawyer and former counsel to Kim Rothstein received a three-year prison sentence for plotting to help her conceal more than $1 million in jewelry she hid from federal authorities, as they seized her husband’s assets.
Charged conspiring to commit money laundering, obstruct justice and witness tampering, Rothstein’s attorney faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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After pleading guilty to these charges in January, the Boca Raton attorney was disbarred. His 36-month imprisonment will be followed by two years of supervised release. As part of his plea deal, the attorney agreed to forfeit $515,000 to federal authorities — including compensation he received for legal fees from Kim Rothstein, as well as four expensive pens and jeweled cuff links.

According to reports, the attorney’s lapse in judgment was a result of viewing Rothstein as a friend and not as a client. When pleading to the judge for a minimal sentence for her client, his attorney stated that “he saw this woman drowning and he tried to help her…she was losing everything in the world through no fault of her own. … He handled this horribly, and what he did was absolutely wrong.”

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According to Kevin Metana of the St. Petersburg Times, two men were arrested this past week in Tampa, and charged with two counts of drug trafficking, two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, burglary and grand theft.

The report indicates that the men were allegedly found to be in possession of more than $10,000 of prescription Oxycodone, or roughly 687 pills. In addition, the men were allegedly also found to be in possession of marijuana and $2,500 in cash. The cash will certainly become subject to an Asset Seizure or Forfeiture proceeding as part of this arrest.

The arrest for drug trafficking is partially based on law enforcement’s suspicion that they have been committing these acts in several areas, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Sumter Counties. Because these men hail from Floral City and Brooksville, this suspicion will certainly be investigated by several departments. This arrest was allegedly initiated by a “tip”. Any Florida Drug Trafficking Lawyer hired in this case will investigate this “tip” as it may be the product of a confidential informant, or “CI”, or through coercive or constitutionally illegal tactics by the Police.

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