Judge Refuses to Reduce Sentence For Convicted Ponzi Schemer Scott Rothstein - NBC 6 South Florida

Judge Refuses to Reduce Sentence For Convicted Ponzi Schemer Scott Rothstein

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    Kim Rothstein Gets 18 Months in Prison

    The wife of convicted Fort Lauderdale Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday for hiding $1 million in jewelry from authorities. NBC 6's Ari Odzer reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013)

    What to Know

    • U.S. District Judge James Cohn granted a federal prosecutor's motion Monday to withdraw an earlier offer.

    • Prosecutors say Rothstein failed to comply with his plea agreement by providing false information to the government.

    A federal judge won't reduce a 50-year prison sentence for a former Florida lawyer convicted of orchestrating a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

    U.S. District Judge James Cohn granted a federal prosecutor's motion Monday to withdraw an earlier offer to reduce Scott Rothstein's sentence. Prosecutors say Rothstein failed to comply with his plea agreement by providing false information to the government.

    Rothstein's attorney had said in court documents filed in February that Rothstein cooperated extensively with prosecutors after returning voluntarily from Morocco in 2009. More than two dozen people were convicted in the Fort Lauderdale-based scam. The papers say Rothstein also helped convict a Mafia gangster and corrupt law enforcement officers.

    The 55-year-old Rothstein pleaded guilty in 2010 to running a massive fraud scheme revolving around investments in phony court settlements.

    Villegas Found Guilty in Killing of Former Rothstein Law Partner

    [MI] Villegas Found Guilty in Killing of Former Rothstein Law Partner
    A South Florida man accused of killing a former law partner of notorious Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein was found guilty Monday. Tony Villegas was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Lewis and was given a mandatory life sentence.
    (Published Monday, June 27, 2016)

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