Two former associates of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein are being charged with fraud in federal court today, while two others are set to be charged next week.
The first to turn himself in at the federal courthouse this morning was Rothstein friend and cohort Stephen Caputi, the owner of the now defunct Cafe Igauna nightclub in Pembroke Pines. Caputi, accompanied by his lawyer, Hy Shapiro of Miami, was calm and collected as he prepared to turn himself in to federal marshals just after 8 a.m.
“Hope you got my good side,” he said with a smile as a guard shot his security photo near the door.
Next came former Rothstein Rosenfedlt Adler law firm internet technology employee William Corte, who has admitted to fabricating a TD Ameritrade website for Rothstein that the former lawyer used to dupe investors, according to Corte’s attorney, Alvin Entin. Corte walked into the courthouse silently and didn’t respond to any of my questions. Entin then emerged from the courthouse and explained his client’s case.
UPDATED: Being charged next week will be Curtis Renie, who was Corte’s boss and headed RRA’s IT department, said Entin. And the fourth man expected to be charged next week as well is former Rothstein law partner Howard Kusnick, according to Entin. Kusnick is a long-time associate of Rothstein who acknowledged in court last year that he expected to be indicted by the feds.
All four will plead guilty and are cooperating with prosecutors and the FBI in the Rothstein investigation, which is continuing and is expected to involve many more arrests. Check for footage and additional coverage on Local 10 — reporter Roger Lohse remains at the courthouse and will have a complete and exclusive report on the TV side.