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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Florida Attorney Behind International Mafia Bust

Peter "One Eyed Pete" GottiJailed Gambino Boss Peter Gotti via Wikipedia
Scott Rothstein, the politically connected Fort Lauderdale, FL attorney who pleaded guilty last January to running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme which involved using his firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler as a front to sell phony legal settlements to investors, was instrumental through his cooperation with the FBI in the alleged international Mafia bust last week as reported by Jim DeFede for CBS4 in Miami:
The CBS4 I-Team has learned from multiple sources that Rothstein was the key figure in bringing down a suspected Mafia figure who the FBI had been trying to catch for years. Last week, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sloman announced the arrests of three individuals, including Roberto Settineri, who the prosecutor described as the go between for the Gambino crime organization in Brooklyn and La Cosa Nostra in Palermo, Sicily. * * * At the same time Settineri was arrested by an FBI SWAT Team at his home on Miami Beach, three alleged members [and associates] of the Gambino crime family were arrested in Brooklyn and twenty members of the Sicilian mafia organization, Santa Maria de Gesu, were taken into custody in Palermo. Taken into custody in South Florida along with Settineri was Daniel Dromerhauser. A third individual, Enrique Ros of Pembroke Pines was charged but was out of the country when the raids took place.
Others in South Florida are not sleeping well as Rothstein reportedly is continuing to spill all the dirt that he has on others to the feds:  "In addition to the Settineri case, Rothstein is also helping federal authorities identify the other players in the Ponzi scheme. And he is providing information on how campaign finance laws were routinely violated."
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