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Of hookers, Ponzi schemes, and a former top Fla GOP fundraiser



cristroth.jpegpalinroth.jpgJose Lambiet reports that a book by south Florida public relations executive Chuck Malkus is due out soon about Scott Rothstein, the Fort Lauderdale lawyer and GOP money man, now serving a 50-year sentence for a $1.2-billion Ponzi scheme:

....Among the tome’s revelations is the fact that, from behind bars, Rothstein may be responsible for the dismantlement of one of the country’s largest escort services, the Sunny Isles Beach- and Detroit-based Miami Companions.

Owner Greg Carr was arrested as a result of the investigation, and was recently released from federal prison after serving most of his 14-month sentence.

Eyes on the Ball

“I discovered that Rothstein was not only a client of the escort service, he was their attorney,” Malkus said. “It’s well known that Scott has been singing like a canary in trying to have his sentence reduced.”

So, what’s Malkus’ theory about why Rothstein became a thief?

“It’s more about ego than anything else with Scott,” Malkus said.

“The worst is that his scheme could have continued for decades like (Bernie) Madoff’s. But Scott took his eyes off the ball. He started neglecting the business because of his philandering. No CEO could run a business while partying for half a dozen women every night.”

The book release party is scheduled to take place at the Royal Pig Pub on Las Olas, across the street from Rothstein’s old offices.

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[Last modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 10:55am]


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