By Terrence McCoy
By Scott Fishman
By Deirdra Funcheon
By Allie Conti
By New Times Staff
By Ryan Pfeffer
By Deirdra Funcheon
By Kyle Swenson
On October 16, Rothstein sent an email to staff that clearly displayed the chaotic state of his mind, his life, and the firm. In some parts of it, it's seems he's almost trying to reassure himself that everything will be OK. Here are the final paragraphs:
"Some things will go perfectly... others will look like a typhoon came through. BUT...... we are a team and we will all get through everything together, and at the end of the task everything will be nearly perfect. Always has been... always will be. But I will NEVER tolerate insubordination. I will NEVER tolerate attacks. NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Being part of a team means dealing as a family with the good the bad and the ugly. ALL OF IT>>>>>TOGETHER>>>>>NEVER DEMEANING ANOTHER>>>>>>>NEVER BLAMING ANOTHER.
"WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
"IF YOU CAN'T DEAL WITH THIS THEORY PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR AND RESIGN IMMEDIATELY. MAKE IT EASY FOR ME.
"AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST.......... AND THIS IS TO ALL OF YOU..... YOUR JOB IS TO PRACTICE LAW AND BRING IN MONEY TO THE FIRM OR TO ASSIST THE FIRM IN DOING SAME.
"I AM THE CHAIRMAN.... THE CEO..... THE MANAGING SHAREHOLDER.... AND THE HEAD JANITOR.
"DEBRA IS THE COO....... SHE IS SECOND IN COMMAND. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. SHE IS... AND SHE ONLY ANSWERS TO ME. NO ONE ELSE. .END OF STORY.
"DO NOT CROSS THE LINE. IF YOU ARE NOT IN MANAGEMENT MAKE NO ATTEMPT TO MANAGE....... PLEASE.
"I AM SO ANGRY THAT I AM HAVING TO WRITE THIS EMAIL.
"WE HAVE AN AMAZING FIRM..... AN AMAZING WORKPLACE...... STOP PISSING ME OFF. IT WILL NOT GET YOU ANYWHERE THAT YOU WANT TO BE. PLEASE.
Eleven days later, as investors clamored for money and federal authorities were tipped off about his Ponzi scheme, Rothstein jumped on a jet and fled to Morocco. He had imploded, and his law firm would soon be in court receivership. His "kids" would be left hoping to survive the implosion.