Imminent: Four More To Plead Guilty In Rothstein Case

24 May

Four low-level players investigated in the Scott Rothstein Ponzi case are set to plead guilty soon, no later than tomorrow, according to sources close to the investigation.

I don’t have names yet, but those set to plea have cooperated with investigators and prosecutors and will likely receive light sentences. This is the first wave of arrests, more are expected in coming weeks — and they likely won’t be extended the same leniency.

These four are the first since Scott Rothstein and his right-hand woman Debra Villegas both pleaded guilty and received lengthy prison sentences. Rothstein was sentenced to 50 years, Villegas to ten.

UPDATED: I suppose we can play an elimination game at this point. I contacted the attorney for Irene Stay, the former Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm chief financial officer.  Stay handled financial and banking records for Rothstein and, according to Bill Scherer’s civil lawsuit, broke down crying down at a law firm meeting after Rothstein fled town.  “I don’t want to go to jail,” the lawsuit contends she said when asked if there was $1 billion in the firm’s bank account (there was not). Stay’s Miami lawyer, Brian Tannebaum, told me his client is not among those being charged. “I imagine these four have been cooperating and are surrendering,” said Miami attorney Brian Tannebaum. “I can tell you that I have received no call from prosecutors and my client has not met with the government.”

I also spoke with Fred Haddad, who is representing name law firm partner Russell Adler. Not my client, said Haddad.

More coming.


21 Responses to “Imminent: Four More To Plead Guilty In Rothstein Case”

  1. Hellvis May 24, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    One for the money!!
    I think that last paragraph needs editing or rewording.

  2. Death Frog 3 May 24, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Woo Hoo… I have heard a few names bantered about. Wont say them in public but think office staff

  3. Patti Lynn May 24, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Okay Bob!!! I guess that you’re not allowed to say something like, “I told you so,” but, Pulp Nation knows who gave birth to this expose. Thank you.

  4. Christy May 24, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Any One want to take a guess on the four?

  5. Patti Lynn May 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Hey DF3…How do we do the avatar thing???

  6. It's Rick May 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Christy, I’ll tell you WHO the four should be: Rosenfeldt, Adler, Lippman and Boden (maybe Stracher). But then, maybe they’ll wait for stiffer sentences for these guys in the upcoming arrests. Tell me, if half of the lawyers in the Broward County bar are in jail, does that kick in any response from the Florida Bar? Or do these ciminals get to practice law while in the slammer?

    It’s time to put the entire Florida Bar either in jail or out of business. Let’s get to work.

    • Christy May 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm #


  7. Anonymous May 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm #



  8. Christy May 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Import Avatar:

    If you click on the Icon beside your name you can register and import a photo as an Av.

    • btan May 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

      When you register at Gravatar, you have to create a username. Will the username at Gravatar mess up the username from the blog? Little confused here…

      • betterthananovel May 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

        Not confused anymore 🙂

  9. Anon May 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Boden Lip Szafranski

  10. It's Rick May 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Pleading guity are two IT guys, one lawyer and one assistant.

  11. Death Frog 3 May 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    I’ve heard its office staff. Those of you with PACER may be able to see who. It should be up by now.

  12. It's Rick May 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Rosenfeldt, Adler, Lippman, Szfranski, Levin, those are the guys who will be wearing orange suits at the GrayBar. And it couln’t happen to a sleazier bunch.

    Love Ya, Kidzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  13. Death Frog 3 May 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Holy Sh!t… Casey Anthony’s defense team admits Caylee was dead but died accidentally in a pool. They also accuse her dad and brother of molesting her from the time she was 8 years old.

    • Patti Lynn May 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      How sad this is. Casey must be a psychopathic personality. I can imagine her parents covering for her for her entire life…until Caylee disappeared. By then it was too late…they had lost not only their granddaughter, but their daughter, too. I know the trauma of losing a child. Casey’s responses don’t fit any of the behavior patterns that I know. Her parents, however, exhibit all of the trauma associated with losing a child and realizing how that happened. My heart goes out to them. Regardless of what happens in court, they already lost everything.

  14. I'm only the piano player May 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    What about Hollywood cop Louie Granteed running for Sheriff. What a joke, his name is mentioned all over the Hollywood Cops turned Mafia- Heroin trafficker investigation. Former police officer Melody Fortunato sued Louie for sexual harrassment and won a large federal verdict and the City of Hollywood paid out of their butts on that one. Former officer Comacho sued Louie and he even went as far as putting a snake in her mailbox. What about Louie’s brothers car lot and the money or the car accident that was covered up.More coming Louie-Louie.

    • Patti Lynn May 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      I don’t know about those specific things…but I’d like to know how the Deputy Chief of the Hollywood Police Department is available to walk around, in the “Cabaret” of the Kings Point Democratic Club, for an hour prior to the meeting, passing out his “business” card, identifying him as the Deputy Chief of the Hollywood Police Department…and, tell the Kings Point residents that he is running for sheriff…and then stay for the meeting…which, if you add it all up is more than 2 1/2 hours…in the middle of the day, (from about noon to at least 2:30 PM). All of this on a weekday, (Wednesday, May 18th). Was he driving a city of Hollywood vehicle…using city gas to drive at least 35 minutes north of his city…to promote his candidacy for Sheriff??? Well, during the actual meeting, he was sitting next to a Democratic State & national figure, a City of Tamarac Commissioner, Diane Glasser…in the “special” seats for elected officials, candidates, and extra-special people. Was she giving her “unspoken stamp of approval” to his candidacy??? I really don’t know, but the PERCEPTION of impropriety is enough for ethical candidates to avoid such situations. Come on folks. DEMAND honesty, transparency, and at least a modicum of ethical behavior.

    • Death Frog 3 May 25, 2011 at 12:34 am #

      Hey Ron,

      Why dont you just admit you’re backing Scott Israel. Dont turn Bob’s blog into your negative campaign headquarters.

      • Irony thy name is....... May 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

        he put his snake in her mailbox?

        Really? Or is that just a euphamism for something.

        Hubba hubba.

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