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2 More Law Firm Workers Face Charges Related to Ex-Attorney Scott Rothstein’s $1.2B Ponzi Scheme

Posted Dec 2, 2011 6:11 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Two more employees face felony charges related to a case that put their former boss, disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein, behind bars for operating an approximately $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme out of his South Florida law firm

Bookkeeper William Boockvor, 66, is accused of preparing false bank documents concerning Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler trust accounts that helped Rothstein convince investors to purchase the claimed income stream from fictitious settlements in sexual harassment and whistle-blower cases, according to Bloomberg.

Marybeth Feiss, 42, who served as an administrative assistant to Rothstein, is charged with violating federal election campaign law by allegedly misrepresenting hefty political donations that served, prosecutors said, to “dramatically increase the political influence and power of RRA,” the news agency reports.

If convicted, each of the two could be sentenced to a maximum of five years. Rothstein is serving a 50-year federal prison term after being convicted in a racketeering and conspiracy case.

Bruce Lyons, an attorney for Feiss, called her a mere employee who did nothing wrong but got caught up in Rothstein's net, reports the Miami Herald. Boockvor and his lawyer could not be reached by any of the publications for comment.

More individuals are expected to be charged in an indictment that will be made public later this month, reports the Broward-Palm Beach New Times in its blog the Pulp.

The shuttered law firm is in bankruptcy.

Hat tip: Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Former Law Partner of Scott Rothstein, 3 Others Face Wire Fraud Conspiracy Charges"

ABAJournal.com: "Ex Rothstein Lawyer Pleads Guilty, Allegedly Wrote Letter re Name Partner’s $1.2B ‘Investment’ Scam"

ABAJournal.com: "Now-Disbarred Lawyer Who Helped Top Partner Scott Rothstein Defraud Client of $57M Gets 2 Years"

ABAJournal.com: "Former Gen’l Counsel David Boden is Target of $37.8M Rothstein Law Firm Clawback Suit"

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