UPDATED: Mendelsohn Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

1 Jun

UPDATED: U.S. District Judge William Zloch sentenced Hollywood ophthalmologist and political operative Alan Mendelson with four years in federal prison for wire fraud today, 18 months more than his prosecutors had recommended as the maximum. Mendelsohn, who sources say is cooperating with federal and state officials in ongoing corruption cases, walked out of the courthouse a free man — he won’t have to start serving his sentence until January 2012.

The Sentinel quoted Zloch as saying at the time of sentencing: “Corruption in society is like a cancer – it spreads its tentacles. Corruption has become so common that its gravity is lost to many.”

The Hollywood ophthalmologist concealed over $600,000 in income, both from PACs from which he stole money and tax ripoffs he pulled off at his eye doctor practice.  

Mendelsohn

Mendelsohn, 53, spent about $200,000 of that money for a house and car for his mistress. He diverted $82,000 to the political camp of former state Sen. Mandy Dawson, who pushed his bills in the state legislature. And he engaged in a reprehensible plot involving huge amounts of money with Ponzi schemer Joel Steinger to persuade Gov. Charlie Crist to stymie a state investigation into Steinger’s crimes with his viatical company Mutual Benefits.

But Mendelsohn said when he pled guilty last year that he was a law-abiding guy who was helping to pass good laws with the Florida Society of Opthalmology and the Florida Medical Association until he met one man.That man: Russell Klenet, the lobbyist-husband of Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter. 

Klenet

Klenet was working Steinger at the time and enlisted Mendelsohn to help the Ponzi schemer try to squirm out of the state investigation. Here’s how Mendelsohn described it to Judge William Zloch when he pled guilty last year.  KlenetRuss Klenet had approached me to help him with his clients and unfortunately, your honor, it was these interactions with Russ Klenet which led me to a series of bad choices,” Mendelsohn declared. “It is these bad choices that I made is why I’m actually standing in front of you. … [Klenet] approached me with a handful of his clients. The deal was I would provide legistlative help to he and his clients and in exchange his clients would make generous contributions to those medical PACs that I worked so hard to raise money for. I think I did an excellent job helping fun the coffers of the PACs. But then, your honor, on his own initiative, Russ Klenet had his clients give me large payments because they were absolutely thrilled with the legislative outcome that I was able to achieve on their behalf. They were thrilled. And Russ Klenet very repeatedly [and] precisely said, ‘It’s gifts. It’s gifts because it’s in contrast to salary or income which are taxable events. It’s gifts.’ He also added that he, himself, received similar type payments and he himself had counted it as gifts. They were gifts. I should have declared those payments as income on my taxes. … Now looking back at it, it is clear I was deceived. In the process of being deceived I deceived the IRS.”

While I don’t doubt the gist of what Mendelsohn said — Klenet has a history of wrangling with the IRS — I wonder if he didn’t overplay that hand. Klenet didn’t file his tax forms, after all.

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39 Responses to “UPDATED: Mendelsohn Sentenced To Four Years In Prison”

  1. FauxChiefFranklinAdderley June 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    The #1 spot reserved for the one and only,
    Christy

    • Stacey Shitter June 2, 2011 at 8:52 am #

      If Rusty ever gets in front of zlock I pity that fool. Zlock will throw away the key.

  2. Steve Boren June 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Did Russ and Stacey file jointly? Was their tax returns disclosed as part of Staceys position with Broward?

  3. btan June 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    “Ma, Dad…. he MADE me do it!”

    • augusta June 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

      Btan,
      Now THAT is funny!

  4. Christy June 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? Who me? Couldn’t be?

    • FauxChiefFranklinAdderley June 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

      Christy
      Once again you light up my afternoon, you do have beautiful cookies. As you can see I or any of my FLPD thug bodyguards have not been indicted, we have covered our tracks very well, there is not a comprehensive money trail, it was all cash. I was wondering if you would like to have dinner with me tonight?
      Outback SteakHouse Coupons

  5. Goldilocks June 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    January 2012?
    Flight risk, anybody?

  6. anonymous June 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Everyone has to blame somebody. Nobody just steps up and says, “I was wrong.” Everyone’s gotta finger point. Suck it up Mendelsohn. You did bad things and got caught.

  7. unowho!!! June 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Its gifts gifts …..well he will be given a wonderfull Xmas gift to the Gray Bar Inn…

  8. Parkland man June 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Nice to see the judge does the right thing and not listen to anyone I really think the federal judges and law has had it with all the shitbirds here in broward,go Feds

    • Gunther Zorn June 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

      Parkland man, fed judges are lawyers too.

      • Parkland man June 2, 2011 at 7:03 am #

        I know they are however they don’t sue or steal from anyone and the best part is the have the power to put sb in jail for a very long time,I have no problem with the law at all I don’t like the suing sb,everything else is cool.

    • irvingfeiner June 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

      Parkland Man shame on you. You are slipping. What about Alcee Hastings?

  9. P. Nis June 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Thank you Judge Zlock and epic fail for the eye doctor’s douchenozzle attorney Alvin Entin!

  10. PerreniallyDeadNorm June 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Hhhheeeeelllllloooooooooo everybody, its me DeadNorm! OK, ‘no why this douche got 18 months more then what the feds were asking? Here is this doctor, and educated man, telling the judge he was decived! Hey, fuck you Dr. ” where da fuck do you buy a hat for that melon of a head”, Fuck,his mom is still hurtin’! I mean look at that fuckin’ thing! Its like Dr.PotatoHead! Anyway, $200,000 FOR A MISTRESS? Well after takin a gander at him, she shoudda asked for more, That reminds me, me, Crazy Ed and Lil’M were working out at da gym, you know, keepin da guns loaded…anyway a hot lil number, she was young, about 65, anyway Lil’M is all hot and bothered and askes the trainer, “what machine should I use to impress that young chick over there?, Trainer looks at Lil’ M and sez, the ATM!!!!! I laughed so hard, snot came outta my nose! Lil’M was pizzed, dat trainer don’t know how close he came to gettin a cap in his ass. Anyway, what I really hate about douches is, they always act like douches. How much you wanna bet dis guy was wearing true religion jeans and Ed Hardy tee shirts with his man boobs hanging out???? Geez, buy a mirror for Christs sakes! OK, gotta blow, things startin to get fun again, Normxxxxooooooo”

    • All That Glitters..... June 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

      Very good, Dead Norm!

  11. Death Frog 3 June 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    FYI Kusnic turned himself in today at the Fed Courthouse today

    • P. Nis June 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

      Yet he’s still licensed to practice law by the Florida bar!!!!!!

  12. unowho!!! June 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    The Zlochness Monster has spoken…”Cancer can be beaten”

  13. Condo Cowboy June 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Go Judge Zloch….Bull Ya!!!
    Dead Norm….Your killing me….I don’t wanna die… I’m the only cowboy in my condo!

  14. Bubba The Wise June 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    There is no “BAR” association in Broward. All the members are in jail. Not enough of a quorum to throw out newly guilty lawyers. Why do we question the fact that the BAR protects all the lawyers. If you add up the negative comments about one lawyer and multiply them by the members of the BAR, you have one disgusting organization. (Sorry for the rant, Parkland Man.”

    • Parkland man June 2, 2011 at 7:05 am #

      hey I like it keep it up them fn sb have it coming!

  15. GFL June 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to be reading this about Stacy and Russ.

  16. All That Glitters..... June 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    The Doctor is still at fault, but, in my opinion, Klenet is as dirty as they come. If the Feds are letting him slide, I believe he’s probably working with them(maybe he was the one to give the info that brought the Doctor down)Let’s wait and see. He may even be throwing his own wife under the bus to save himself.

    • All That Glitters..... June 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

      Or maybe Ritter will say it’s all Russ’s fault for her corruption as well1

      • augusta June 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

        Spot on ATG!

  17. Just Askin' June 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Who’s Dr. M’s mistress?

    • Loser Lou June 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      Ricky Frey…. lol

    • unowho!!! June 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      Ms Michelle commented from the last blog …I wonder if thats his/was mistress???

  18. unowho!!! June 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    The negative side of sending Professor Angus Beef to prison, is he will be teaching his fellow inmates how to screw the system and support the cattle industry!!!

    • unowho!!! June 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

      For the newbies.. Prof Angus Beef(Virgie TM) = Russ Klenet

  19. Christy June 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Go bruins!

  20. Angus Con June 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Gifts, gifts, gifts. Everything is a gift. When I inhale a 48 ounce steak, about three days later, I leave a gift for the sewage treatment facility.

    You have it all wrong, Bob. The $100,000 kitchen, the golf cart, the endless meals…they were all gifts.

    Cabriolet anyone?

  21. Anonymous June 1, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    What do we have to do to get Chief Judge Vic Tobin in front of Judge Zloch? Put any women and children out of their homes today, Tobin? Dishonor this POS, if you see him near the courthouse, spit on him please.

  22. twas June 2, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    I know that looks can be deceiving but if you put his mug next to klenet and were asked to pick the guilty one?

    Reminds me of Gomer Pyle….for shame for shame.

  23. unowho!!! June 2, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    My Canucks were hungry for a win… Vancouver eats (oops) beats Boston 1-0 Sorry Christy the Stanley Cup is going back to Canada this year!!!

    • Christy June 2, 2011 at 8:53 am #

      Unowho,

      All they won was game 1. The Stanley Cup will be going to Boston. Canada scored in last 18 seconds. Sorry Unowho Bruins!

  24. The Street June 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    tobin is being investigated

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