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Rothstein's Mobster Buddy Set to Plead Guilty

Ponzi schemer's taped conversations led to Italian mobster's demise

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    FILE-In this July 27, 2009 photo, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attorney Scott Rothstein is shown in his office. Rothstein is set to plead guilty Wedensday, Jan. 27, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale federal court to five charges, including racketeering, fraud and money-laundering conspiracy. The 47-year-old faces a maximum of 100 years in prison. (AP Photo/Charles Trainor Jr., The Miami Herald, File)

    Scott Rothstein may have been a crook, but he also knew how to catch them.

    The former billion-dollar Ponzi schemer who is serving 50 years in prison for his crimes, may soon have some company after a reputed mobster and friend is expected to plead guilty in federal court next week.

    Court records show Roberto Settineri is scheduled to plead guilty next week. Settineri had pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice and money laundering charges in March, following his arrest in a sweep of alleged Mafia figures by Italian and U.S. authorities.

    Settineri's attorney did not immediately respond to an e-mail message Monday.

    Settineri was arrested after Scott Rothstein, who admitted running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, secretly recorded incriminating conversations between them for the FBI.