David Benjamin, the former Broward Sheriff's deputy accused of accepting more than $20,000 from convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, was sentenced to five years in federal prison in Fort Lauderdale federal court at a hearing on Monday morning. Federal prosecutors filed criminal conspiracy charg ... More >>
Former West Palm Beach Police Officer Dewitt McDonald pleaded guilty to selling illegal drugs to fellow police officers while on duty. According to the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, McDonald, 45, was running two separate businesses selling anabolic steroids a ... More >>
If Scott Rothstein's deposition in Miami last month left something to be desired, we've got good news -- the feds are planning the sequel.According to federal court documents filed last week, Herbert Stettin -- the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler bankruptcy trustee -- has requested another deposition ... More >>
Scott Rothstein, who can't be seen on film because of reasons that are "unusual in nature."A deposition for Ponzi-schemer extraordinaire Scott Rothstein scheduled to be held in December will not be videotaped, a federal judge ruled earlier in the week.Rothstein is slated to be deposed on Dece ... More >>
U.S. District Judge James Cohn ruled this morning to delay Scott Rothstein's return to South Florida for a deposition in bankruptcy court, the Sun-Sentinel reports.Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office entered an objection to a ruling a few weeks ago from a U.S. bankruptcy judge ordering th ... More >>
Scott W. RothsteinThe gifts of prison sentences keep coming, thanks to Scott Rothstein.Debra Villegas, the second in command for Rothstein's gigantic Ponzi scheme, surrendered to her new home at a minimum-security federal prison last week to begin her ten-year sentence.Villegas, now 44, pleaded g ... More >>
When prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office filed an objection late last week for Ponzi-schemer Scott Rothstein to be deposed before creditors in a bankruptcy court, it gave one of the rare hints into where the feds are going in dismantling Rothstein's former associates.Prosecutors say they' ... More >>
The feds have admitted that Ponzi-schemer extraordinaire Scott Rothstein has been singing like a bird, but now it's a bit too much.Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's office entered an objection to a ruling made by a U.S. bankruptcy judge ordering the return of Rothstein to Fort Lauderdale for a ... More >>
Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato made her name as a Mafia fighter. As a former prosecutor and cop, she has both presided over, tried, and investigated high-profile mob cases. John "Johnny Meatballs" Piteo is oft-convicted bookmaker with suspected organized crime ties who has done two str ... More >>
Lobbyist Russ Klenet better hope things are going well in D.C., because the situation on the home front has deteriorated rapidly. The yacht, "Symphony," owned by Klenet and GinsburgLast night, the Sunrise Commission voted him right out of his $60,000-ish contract with ... More >>
Photo by Christina MendenhallRosthein's lawyer, Marc Nurik, asked for 30 years. Rothstein got 50.Now that Scott Rothstein has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for his billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, the question is whether he'll actually serve all of it. The answer is likely no, but his best-cas ... More >>
Sun-Sentinel This shot by Mike Stocker should have won a Pulitzer.The top ethics official in Florida penned a letter asking a federal judge to show leniency for former Broward County Board Member Beverly Gallagher, who has pleaded guilty to bribery and other federal charges that ... More >>
Among the many recent misfortunes of Jeffrey Chernick, his tax fraud case landed in Fort Lauderdale U.S. District Court rather than in Miami. That put him at the mercy of Judge James I. Cohn, who on Friday sentenced Chernick to three months in prison, despite a similar defendant's having been spared ... More >>
Shahrzad Mir Gholikhan is a 31-year-old Iranian woman accused of trying to export night-vision goggles to Iran. This detail probably means she won't ever be a confidant of the Obamas, but that hasn't stopped Gholikhan from offering the First Couple her thoughts.Juice recently uncovered a lette ... More >>
Today is the ninth day that Shahrzad Mir Gholikhan (pictured above), a 31-year-old Iranian woman, has stood in front of a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale wearing brown scrubs and white plastic government-issued flip-flops. In a move that has been described as bold, crazy, or both, the polite, petite ... More >>
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