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Forged e-mail is circulated anonymously in apparent attempt to taint Alex Sink



A forged e-mail that attempts to show Democrat Alex Sink was linked to a "pay to play'' scheme with convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein has emerged in the highly-contested governor's race.

The e-mail — circulated by an anonymous operative who will only call reporters from a blocked phone number — concerns efforts by the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm in 2009 to land a lucrative contract with the State Board of Administration, on which Sink sits as Florida Chief Financial Officer.

A court-approved law firm that has all of Rothstein's e-mails proclaimed the e-mail a fake, as did one of the recipients. The law firm, Berger Singerman, has strong Democratic ties; the e-mail recipient is a Sink supporter. A Republican operative who worked out of Rothstein's firm of Rothstein Rosenfeld Adler also said the correspondence appeared doctored.

The fake e-mail, however, raises questions about the evidence gathered in the criminal probe and the millions of dollars in civil claims against Rothstein's now-defunct firm, known as RRA. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, October 21, 2010 9:32pm]


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