FBI Is On Rothstein Case | New Times Broward-Palm Beach

FBI Is On Rothstein Case


A federal investigation into Rothstein's investment scheme is under way.

Rothstein's whereabouts are still unknown, though rumors persist that he is in Morocco, which has no extradition treaty with the United States. I'm not sure we'll know for sure anytime soon, but I can say that when I briefly reached him on his cell phone yesterday morning, I heard foreign voices that I couldn't identify in the background. Also, one of my numerous calls to his cell phone came to what appeared to be a recording of a woman speaking in

a French dialect. (French is the common language of commerce in Morocco.) It was very bizarre, and subsequent calls have connected to his regular voice mail. Even his attorney, Marc Nurik, who has said Rothstein left town to "clear his head," claims not to know where he is.   

A key question: How much money did Rothstein have access to before he left the country, and where did he get it?

At the same time, there was an all-hands-on-deck staff meeting of the firm's lawyers. The firm is on "lockdown" -- the lawyers are not allowed to move anything out of the building. So a Bear Stearns-like scene of 70 lawyers carrying boxes in and out doesn't seem likely.

More coming.