Sunday Post: Karma Catches Up With Kusnick

29 May

Veteran attorney Howard Kusnick is scheduled to surrender for his part in the epic Scott Rothstein fraud on Tuesday at the federal courthouse.

Kusnick, left, with his son, far right, and a friend

The former lobbyist and political player is alleged to have used his attorney status to help Rothstein orchestrate a $57 million scam on prominent car dealer Ed Morse involving a civil lawsuit. To help trick the Morse family into turning over millions of dollars, Kusnick posed as an attorney for a third party whom he didn’t represent at all. Amazingly, Kusnick even sent the Morses a signed letter to further the ruse.

The Morse money was used to pay off previous investors in Rothstein’s billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. While Kusnick claims he had no idea about the Ponzi, he has cooperated with federal officials and has cknowledged committing the audacious crime against the Morse family. Here’s a brief statement issued by his attorney, Miami’s Kendall Coffey:

“Although Howard Kusnick was completely unaware of Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme, he accepts full responsibility for the wrongful actions he took. Howard is deeply remorseful and apologizes to all concerned, including his family from whom he has withheld the truth about his wrongdoing.”

Of all the lawyers close to Rothstein, none worked with him longer than Kusnick. The two men formed a law firm together in Sunrise two decades ago. Kusnick & Rothstein was in business from 1991 through 1998, years during which Rothstein was a workaday employment lawyer living in a middle-class home in Plantation with his first wife. Kusnick was higher-profile at the time, representing garbage companies and playing an active role in the politics of Sunrise.

But if you listen to what people are saying about Kusnick, you might think he helped teach Rothstein a lot of his dirty tricks. Former Sun-Sentinel political columnist Buddy Nevins calls Kusnick a lying “piece of slime” and Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu, who is also a state prosecutor, says flatly that Kusnick is “evil.”

Alu

Alu has good reason to say such a thing. When she challenged the garbage contract held by Kusnick’s employer, All Service Refuse, the attorney went on a campaign to intimidate and smear her in the press. He even hired a private detective to track her who ran her off the road and circled her home at odd hours.

“He pulled my divorce file and sent to reporters, he had a private investigator follow me,” Alu told me. “Kusnick intimidated and harassed me. He is the person I blame for everything that happened to me at that time.”

Alu says that Kusnick had a major impact on her life, ironically in positive fashion. The fight with Kusnick and All-Service prompted Alu to contact the FBI, which in turn recruited her to help in the agency’s anti-corruption efforts.

“In a way Kusnick is the one who made me what I am today,” she says. “I had a choice either to be afraid or to fight back and I decided to fight back.”

Kusnick, however, has chosen not to fight back against the feds, likely a wise move. With the fraud charge, it seems he’s finally paying for his deceit — and the price may extend beyond his legal problems. The mention of his family in the official Kusnick statement is telling. I’ve always found it interesting how some financial predators maintain a seemingly loving and devoted family life. In Kusnick’s case he’d started a sports agency called Double Diamond Sports Management with his son that has signed several legitimate baseball players. Last year, Kusnick sued a top prospect, Kellin Deglan, the 22nd pick in the 2010 draft, claiming Deglan failed to pay a $50,000 commission to Double Diamond when he signed with the Texas Ranger for $1 million.

The status of that suit today isn’t known, but you can imagine that Deglan might be one of the many people breathing a sigh of relief at the news of Kusnick’s impending criminal conviction. That Kusnick has had 18 months to continue to practice law since Rothstein’s implosion provides yet more evidence that the Florida Bar — where Kusnick, like Rothstein, has served as an official — is a sad and hopeless institution.

The fallout of this case may even extend to Kusnick’s physical health. A source told me Kusnick suffered a heart attack last week, just as news about his impending arrest began to percolate in the media. I asked attorney Coffey about it. “I can’t comment on that,” said Coffey, who represented the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler firm after the Ponzi implosion. “I’m not authorized to do so by the family.”

When asked if Kusnick was in the hospital, Coffey said simply, “He’s going to be okay.”

And justice will finally be served.

“He should have been arrested a long time ago because he’s an evil person that will do anything to anyone to make money,” Alu says. “Kusnick and Rothstein deserve each other.”

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53 Responses to “Sunday Post: Karma Catches Up With Kusnick”

  1. All That Glitters..... May 29, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    Numero Uno…
    Kusnick sounds like a very evil, lowlife scum. He should be sentenced to atleast half of Rothstein’s sentence, no less than 25 years. In my opinion the world would be a better place with disgusting people like him out of society.

  2. unowho!!! May 29, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    FIRST !!!

  3. unowho!!! May 29, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    SECOND!!! This scum of the earth lawyer deserves the max!!! Why was the private (detective) dickheads name not mentioned he should be charged also.

    • parkland man May 30, 2011 at 11:09 am #

      BULL YA !they need to send that sb lawyer away for life.

  4. unowho!!! May 29, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    THIRD!!! Does Sheila Alu get to prosecute this POS lawyer…..Its amazing how they suddenly become ill is it a ploy for pity or is it just well deserved Karma!!!Mornin Glitz Bob surprised us with a pleasant Sunday Mornin Post!!!

  5. Goldilocks May 29, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Kusnick is a long-time friend, business associate and political ally of the ethically challenged chair of Broward’s Democratic party, sad to say.

  6. Patti Lynn May 29, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Well, I’m sure that the ripple effect will cause many more of the ethically corrupt to find the feds at their doors. Look at how many have already been caught in the RRA net. Think of what Kusnick did to Sheila Alu and realize that he did not act alone. So now, he’ll try to make his deal better by implicating all those who assisted him. GOOD !!! The more the merrier.
    As to Goldilocks’ comment. I have seen the chair chatting with Kusnick, Scott Cowan, and others of dubious doings. I have also seen the people that he will NOT speak to. It speaks volumes of his own character.

    • Goldilocks May 29, 2011 at 11:00 am #

      You said it, Patti.

  7. btan May 29, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Go girl go. Funny how such bad events can call a person forward.

    “In a way Kusnick is the one who made me what I am today,” she says. “I had a choice either to be afraid or to fight back and I decided to fight back.”

    • unowho!!! May 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      There are very few who will stand up and fight back thanks to people like Sheila (big balls)Alu (not that there is anything wrong with that)

  8. RED BROWARD May 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Sometimes, even in Broward, the good guys catch a break

  9. Virgil Starkwell May 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    For a licensed attorney, I still find the hubris mind boggling. What would possess this moron to think that he would get away with something like that when his victim –Morse– was someone of substantial means?

    Bob: Do we know much Kusnick received from Scotty for perpetuating this fraud?

    • Big Whitey May 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

      I suspect old man Morris is both greedy and mentally slowed by age

      • anonymous May 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

        Wasn’t old man Morris and his son sharing the same woman? They appear to be kind of deranged and dysfunctional as well. The Morse men are creepy.

  10. Christy May 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    After a few stents in place his heart will last him long enough to serve his prison sentence.

    • Alec August 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      Christy, what do you know about Howard Kusnick?

  11. FauxChiefFranklinAdderley May 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Hello Christy…. The gutless political whores in Fort Lauderdale will protect me, right Jack…off, my brother in blue Bagman Bruce and my other brother from another mother.

  12. Big Whitey May 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I went to Alburndale Elementry School with Howard. Physically, he was rather disgusting with wax always dripping from his ears. No one would ever sit next to him. In short, he was a fikin mess and socially isolated.

  13. anonymous May 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    RRA was full of thieves and bullies. They sold their souls to rub shoulders with Scott and throw their weight around while they were robbing the town blind, destroying their families, cavorting with dancers and prostitutes, doing drugs. They thought they were masters of the universe, but they were just two-big stupid crooks. The prisons are filled with the likes of the RRA partners, so they should fit right in. Wonder if they’ll show that same arrogance when they’re housed in a 10 x 10. Who are you going to threaten then, boys? The guards? Good luck and we can’t wait to get all of you out of our sight. What you did to decent people for the almighty dollar. Now haven’t you made your mothers, wives and children proud. What a legacy!

  14. anon1 May 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Lawyers have to be cut off at the knees after the first illegal act they perform (that would cut the field by 85-90%). Judges need to be psychologically evaluated before they can sit in judgement of other people. The Ron Rothschild story is un-effing believable, what a psycho. Chief Judge Victor Tobin needs to be investigated and charged with multiple felonies for his corrupt self-serving behavior.

    How many people lawyers and judges have hurt because they were greedy and power-crazy, mostly greedy.

    • parkland man May 30, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      You are 100 percent correct

      • unowho!!! May 30, 2011 at 11:52 am #

        That red Avatar thingy (beside your name) kinda looks like a lawyer run over by a truck…..BULL YA!!!

  15. All That Glitters..... May 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I’m sure there are many people out there that knew what lying lowlifes Rothstein and Kusnick were. Shame on you all.

  16. Christy May 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Does the Florida Bar have an Open investigation going on and on and on and on……and on? They Florida Bar looks foolish.

    • anonymous May 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

      The biggest legal joke perpetrated on the people is the Florida Bar. The organization is a sham designed to make it look like there is a watchdog over these crooks. We must simply ignore them, they are funded by these crooked lawyers. How could they even defend themselves on their decision not to even slap lawyers like Kusnick on the wrist. Does he get to stay a member in good standing even while in prison? Do these other crooks get to profit, often illegally, off the license sanctioned by the Florida Bar? Sheesh. It is time to overthrow this entire judicial system.

    • parkland man May 30, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      The Florida bar is a fn joke, its like going if front of a judge if it was your farther.They take care of there own,lets hope they get raided next.

  17. Condo Cowboy May 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Parkland Man …where are you? No desire to opine?

    • unowho!!! May 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      Dont get him started!!!Please

    • Parkland man May 30, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      Parkland man is in the house ! oh i have plenty of desire to help bury these lowlife fn sb lawyers,it seems everyone is catching on,i love it i been saying for a long time what a pac of fn dirt bags lawyers are and I’m liking the fact the feds keep locking them all up.

  18. Obermann May 30, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    Parkland Man might make a better chief judge than Vic Tobin was. He doesn’t write well, but he wouldn’t take bribes and diminish the bench in the way it’s been done in the past, I don’t think. I wish everyone who was financially hurt by these judges and lawyers would take to the streets and demand justice. How greedy and stupid they are, to fall for corrupt swindlers in expensive suits, and never question where obscene amounts of money to buy the town were coming from. They are too dumb to serve, but then they never were serving. These racketeers sat on the bench and looked for greedy opportunity to profit personally, knowing they had each other to watch their back, with all of them throwing that “law license” out there, like they were some kind of royalty, while they stole your wallet with one hand, checked the bank account with the other and got the judicial system to pass laws saying you couldn’t get through the system without them. It is a Benny Hill show to watch. There are so many rumors about CA doing a movie with these Broward Judge characters, who let their corrupt friends go free, punished the least of the criminals (at whatever they could get done 4 days a week from 9-Noon, sealed friends records so they couldn’t be scrutinized, then off to tennis, or ex-parte conversation with ponzi scheme partners, or to get a place as resident lounge lizard at whatever bar was hot in town at the time). Ana Gardiner lying under oath, exposing evidence in a murder trial, stalking a boyfriend in her car, patting the butts of young junior lawyers every chance she got–if she were a man, it would be sexual harrassment. Bowman is just plain sick, Rothschild a psycho who should be in a straight-jacket mental ward. Cheryl Imperato cuckholding her high profile lobbyist husband with a felon at a well-known mafia hang-out. It makes you long for the old days where you had Zack paying brides and smoking dope on the school grounds. And Seidlin making a first class mockery out of the 17th circuit with the Anna Nicole “opportuhity” and stealing her x-rays while adopting a lonely, wealthy 81-year old lady in his condo building and rocket-launching the grieving widow’s millions into the wife’s maiden name. No suspicious activity there. Just a probate judge getting his graft, lots of way to do that in this county’s court system.

    I think there is a blockbuster documentary on what goes on down there at the courthouse. I know three of us have the down and dirty details that would put this town on its ear, but we don’t want to get the focus off these judges ex-employers (Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler) at the moment. It’s better when they squeal, like Kusnick giving the details about how he swindled their “friend” Morse. Well it might be okay that it was a “car dealer”…cmon, like Morse didn’t take thousands of people for rides financially. I wasn’t surprised during last week’s alleged rapture attempt, as I understand it, that Jesus didn’t take those Morses to heaven with him. Not worthy, he said. Actually, the Rapture passed this county entirely and we all know why. There was no big voice worthy of taking to heaven, except Bob Norman. And God knew we needed Bob here right now to help us out of the cesspool. That’s my take.

    We need three petitions to start circulating:

    One to simply tell these elected officials that they can resign gracefully with a pension and just go away if they’re part of the problem.

    Two, to tell the really immoral, corrupt, greedy and inept elements to resign and get out of dodge …now.

    Three, to arrest the major co-conspirators who have committed serious crimes and put them behind bars for a long time. And keep showing that Greenberg Traurig name right above RRA on the Bank of America Building. GT was listed above RRA for a “reason”. Now why would that be, Tracy?

    • parkland man May 30, 2011 at 11:07 am #

      Hey first them shit bird lawyers wear cheap suites,and i wouldn’t take a nickel from any lawyer ever for a favor i would rather take there life and push them fn lowlifes out of a window,your correct they are the lowest piece of scum in the world,and yes they have it coming I’m so happy to hear they keep getting arrested,every pos that worked at RRA should be in jail and i think its coming.how come these sb lawyers don’t take the FBI depo’s and there interrogatories and get discovery,LOL because lawyers are really nothing but a PAC of stealing pussy’s.GO FEDS !

  19. anonymous May 30, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    Heard that Debra Villegas is additionally throwing Adler under the bus regarding his participation. He’s going down for the campaign contribution fraud, too, and something that happened in New York.Don’t think he’ll get as big a sentence as Rosenfeldt, but that remains to be seen 5-10 years. I heard Rick Scott say something about “no crook left behind.” Villegas has her Mercedes for sale, if anyone’s looking. Maybe she should turn it in to Ted Morse so he can get some of his money back. There are more guys, bigger players will be coming to the news very soon, I think. Keep watching. And it will be with devine please when these partners take their perp walk.

  20. All That Glitters..... May 30, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Good Morning All!
    Enjoy the day and honor those who gave their lives for our country so we can.
    A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns.
    Mario Puzo

    • parkland man May 30, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      Hey I’m proud of you, finally you can see what a pac of lowlife dirt bags lawyers are.and i just found the blog lol

  21. opin01 May 30, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Can someone please tell me, if the Morse Family lost all of this money, why did Ted Morse have to give 45 million dollars in clawbacks to the trustee who is handling the bankruptcy for RRA? I thought, anyone who had to give the trustee clawback money, made millions off of the Ponzi game! Does anyone here know what they are talking about. Don’t make statements, if you don’t know the facts.

    • Joe1 May 30, 2011 at 11:43 am #

      The Morse family definitely did not lose all thier money. The money lost was Ed Morse’s personal money. Believe me, he’s got plenty more. Probably still over $100 mil. Also, the money lost had nothing to do with the dealership business. They have like 20 dealerships, all still making a money. You gotta figure, most of those dealerships make at least $50,000 a month and thats probably low. 20 dealerships at $50k a month for 30 years at least. That’s $360,000,000. FUCK ME!!!

      As far as the clawback thing, they agreed to payback the $28 million that Rothstein gave them back in August of 2009. The law states that any money recieved within 90 days of the Ponzi blowing up is subject to clawback. The bitch of it is that this was Ed Morse’s own money. They didn’t invest in the Ponzi. Thier money was scammed from them. Think what you will about car dealers and that reputation, but they didn’t have anything to do with the Ponzi. They got screwed by someone who they thought was a friend.

  22. Christy May 30, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    If I was Ted Morse I would go after the Florida Bar. What does the Florida Bar do?
    Protect the corrupt lawyers? We need a Citizen Bar with retired lawyers on it with a good reputations of protecting the public.

    • parkland man May 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      Hey there is no such thing as a lawyer with good reputation the only good lawyer is passed away.there’s a dirtbag lawyer on the Florida bar name mimi sall what a piece of shit this c word is she pays off judges and gives 3000.00 to hillary Clinton and tried to rob me didn’t work,i hear she had her hip replaced and its not working out i hope she dies.A good friend of mine had a controller steal over 1 million dollars from him and shes a lawyer also and the Florida took her license for 30 days and sent her to an accounting class,no bs some other poor bastard steals a couple of hundred to feed there family and get 20 years lawyers suck.fuck lawyers and the bar.

  23. Death Frog 3 May 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    I have a question… Why should we feel bad for his family when he wasn’t thinking of his family while he was out committing crimes. Everyday we sentence people with families to life in prison or to death. What makes him any different? I do agree that this is a “property” crime and that a long sentence isnt warranted but if anybody knew they were committing a crime, its this guy. Lock him up. 57 million I’ll be generous give him a month per mil… 57 months.

    • All That Glitters..... May 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

      I agree with you 100%. The brazen audacity to commit this crime. I’ll bet it was Rothstein himself that gave him up.

    • Alec August 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

      What makes you such an expert

  24. unowho!!! May 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    I wonder if Mr Kusnick is feeling reMorsefull after robbing the rich for his own financial gain… “F” him and his family ….Hopefully(if its not to late) his son will not follow in his fathers greedy unethical footsteps!!!

    • Joe1 May 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

      Mr. Kusnick is screw-ED!!! 🙂

      (get it…..Ed?)

      Allright….it’s not as good as reMorsefull, but I tried.

  25. Garbage May 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Bob,
    Kusnick didn’t act alone for All Service against Alu.
    What about the others? Oh yeah they all work for Choice Environmental now! Now THATS a story…

    • Christy May 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      Co-con- spirators. We want more! We want more!

  26. anonymous May 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Looks like Parkland Man has become our new rogue hero. He talks straight, folks. He’s making sense (but Parkman man, easy on the violent comments). We get it, there’s a lot of work to do in turning this town from bad to good. Since almost all of the crimes done by these lawyers involve money, perhaps we should take away all of their money, with their law licenses, and then let try to make a life without the courts supporting their thieving ways.

    • Parkland man May 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      Now were talking I don’t need to say violent things about sb lawyers I just like seeing them go down heavy,it’s time for people to stop them and the Feds are doing a good job,they know the scam and trust me cops don’t like lawyers, I don’t think anyone does,who can honestly say they don’t mind it someone steals from them,and these sb use the law and twist it around to steal from company’s,and it’s nice to see now that they are getting exposed,and people and the police are taking care of these fn lowlifes

  27. anonymous May 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    There’s a gold mine story in garbage, Bob. Digging for it is dirty and smelly, but there’s a story alright.

  28. Anonomyte May 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Will someone please tell me why MMIII went away? I miss him and his wit.

  29. Jimmy May 31, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    So the snakes are turning on their friends. Great friends, huh, Ted and Ed? Stole $57 million from you while they were giving you a cigar and pretending you were buddies. That’s the price you paid for hoping Rothstein, Rosenfelt and Adler would include you in their “inner circle”. How many secrets you shared with RRA while they were making fools out of you and laughing at how dumb you were. While they were lying and extorting money out of everyone they could, they simply were making fools out of you. You need to know that, and in some twisted way, you should seek revenge.

  30. irvingfeiner May 31, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    They never have heart attacks at the firm retreats in the Bahamas. Just the week before the indictments.

    Its the big one Scott…I’m coming honey.

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