While talk of coming arrests today haunt many former law partners of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, at least one of them has landed a big job.
Grant Smith, who was named assistant managing partner of the doomed Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler firm just 27 days before it imploded, is now general counsel and chief administrative officer of Choice Environmental Services, a garbage company headquartered in Fort Lauderdale.
On Monday Smith, the son of former Congressman Larry Smith, made his return to government activity with a visit to Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter’s office to lobby her on an agenda item at this week’s meeting regarding waste disposal in the county.
His bio on the Choice website does not mention his years with RRA. Smith, who was Rothstein’s chief lobbyist, has never been tied to any wrongdoing connected to the firm. He also cooperated with RRA bankruptcy trustees longer than any other of the defunct firm’s employees.
— With Broward Health, the more that things change, the more things seem to stay the same. The Sentinel’s is reporting that the federal government has subpoenaed records from the tax-assisted public health system regarding 27 physician contracts, including those of prominent — and controversial — heart doctor Michael Chizner. The newspaper reports that the agents affiliated with the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services are looking for violations of federal kick-back laws. The district has been dogged by allegations of cronyism and waste for years. It was the subject of a longstanding federal investigation last decade that led to a prison sentence of former CFO Patricia Mahaney on an embezzlement conviction. After numerous investigative newspaper reports, former Gov. Jeb Bush axed top management at the taxing district and removed all but one of the seven members of its board.
— Well that Heat comeback was one of the best you’ll ever see. People are talking about the Chicago meltdown, but that was an otherworldly burst of points by two players at the end of the game. Wade, who honestly had been playing the worst basketball I’ve ever seen him play, keyed it wand LeBron did what he’s been doing all playoffs — he finished. The two best teams in the NBA are going to the finals, with Game 1 coming Tuesday in Miami. Barkley’s already picked the Mavs (surprise). I got the Heat in six.