ROTHSTEIN’S RECENT WRONGS
Scott Rothstein is a recent case of Ponzi scheme perpetration. Rothstein is accused of covertly running a scam out of his law office where he embezzled from investor trust accounts. As a lawyer at Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, he forged documents and funded his philanthropy, political contributions and law firm salaries through a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Rothstein’s scam involved him fabricating pre-settlement structures, which were sold in legal cases for large sums of money. Investors offered Rothstein up-front cash payments that would go towards paying individuals owed money from court cases so they may buy the right to collect the full amount of the settlements later. Under this scenario, investors in Rothstein’s scheme would be guaranteed to receive a minimum of 20% investment returns in as short as three months. When the jig was up, Rothstein fled to Casablanca, Morocco, hoping to avoid extradition. Rothstein had a change of heart and returned to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in a private chartered jet.