Debra Villegas

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    TD Bank Attorney Accuses Scott Rothstein of Lying Through Deposition​Scott Rothstein has accused several TD Bank employees of being complicit in his massive Ponzi scheme, so it's not surprising an attorney representing the bank tried to get Rothstein to admit he's lying.Attorney Mark Schnapp -- who was also asking Rothstein about his relatio ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Scott Rothstein Saga: Federal Prosecutors File Motion To Reduce 50-Year Prison Sentence

    Scott Rothstein: Looking for his get-out-of-jail-free card​It turns out Fort Lauderdale's king Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein won't rot away in prison for 50 years after all.Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence LaVecchio filed a motion today to reduce Rothstein's prison sentence, although how much ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Before Lewis Murder, Rothstein Considered Tony Villegas a "Coward"

    Courtesy Lynn HaberlMelissa celebrated her promotion to partner in Rothstein's firm shortly before she died.​For months before attorney Melissa Britt Lewis was killed, she and Debra Villegas worried that Debra's estranged husband would make good on his threats to harm Debra. Scott Rothstein, their ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    The Rothstein-Salamone Emails

    Boca Raton attorney Chris Salamone founded a company called LeadAmerica with a goal of transforming children across America into natural leaders. Above, you can see him lecturing on the importance of children making good choices.  Salamone arranged student conferences around the coun ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    UPDATED: Scott Rothstein Ends Ponzi Scheme Saga With 50-Year Sentence

    ​Scott Rothstein will spend 50 years in prison, a federal judge decided this morning. The sentence ends a seven-month saga since Rothstein's empire crumbled. Once one of South Florida's most politically connected lawyers, he swindled more than a billion dollars in perhaps the biggest fraud case in ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Tony Villegas' DNA Mystery

    Tony Villegas was charged with first-degree murder.​For those who insist Tony Villegas was framed for the murder of attorney Melissa Britt Lewis in March 2008, one key piece of evidence begs for extra attention.After Melissa disappeared, the Plantation police discovered her abandoned Cadillac in a ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Tony Villegas' Diary: Is This Man Sane Enough to Stand Trial?

    Is Tony Villegas mentally ill?​Now that a Broward judge has declared Tony Villegas incompetent to stand trial for the murder of attorney Melissa Britt Lewis, many people are wondering about his state of mind two years ago, when he was arrested for allegedly strangling Melissa and dumping her body ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Tony Villegas Deemed Incompetent; Murder Case Stalled

    Tony Villegas has been transferred to a mental health facility.​Two years after he was arrested for allegedly strangling attorney Melissa Britt Lewis and dumping her body in a canal, Tony Villegas has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.Al Milian, one of two attorneys representing Tony, decline ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Tony Villegas' Comments to the Police

    Tony Villegas said he'd never used pepper spray.​On March 10, 2008  Plantation police detectives confronted Tony Villegas at the Florida East Coast Railway depot in Fort Lauderdale with a search warrant. He told them he had been expecting them. By this time, detectives had been quietly questi ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Melissa Lewis Complained of Stress, Heart Problems Before She Died

    Melissa Lewis (right) had complained of heart pain.​Melissa Britt Lewis was a cautious woman. The 39-year-old, newly divorced attorney at Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler carried Mace in her purse, had two dogs and an alarm system at her Plantation home, and always kept her garage door locked to prevent ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Witness: Melissa Lewis Bought Mace Because of Tony Villegas

    Debra Villegas and Melissa Lewis armed themselves against Tony.​Some blog commenters have questioned whether Tony Villegas, the man charged with killing attorney Melissa Britt Lewis in 2008, was really as angry and abusive as his estranged wife, Debra, claimed. But police documents and New Times i ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Tony Villegas' Diary: "You Don't Like Flies on Your Meat"

    Tony Villegas has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Lewis.​During their investigation of the murder of Melissa Britt Lewis in March 2008, Plantation police officers seized a day planner that Tony Villegas used as a makeshift diary in late 2007 and early 2008. At the tim ... More >>