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A disbarred lawyer who formerly worked at convicted Florida Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's firm faces potential prison time at a sentencing hearing before a federal judge.
Sentencing guidelines call for around three to four years behind bars for 50-year-old Steven Lippman at Friday's hearing. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate federal election laws and to commit bank fraud.
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Lippman's attorneys are asking for leniency, saying he wasn't directly involved in Rothstein's $1.2 billion fraud involving fake legal settlements. Rothstein is serving a 50-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors say Lippman made sizable contributions to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and then was illegally reimbursed by Rothstein. Prosecutors say Lippman also used a bank account he controlled to artificially inflate the value of the Rothstein firm's accounts and fraudulently obtain additional financing.