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Debra Villegas Forfeits House, Maserati, Prepares to Plead Guilty

As she prepares to plead guilty to money-laundering in connection with Scott Rothstein's massive Ponzi scheme, Debra Villegas has already forfeited a house and car that Rothstein bought her.

Villegas, former chief operating officer at Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, has handed over her $475,000 house in Weston and her 2009 Maserati Gran Turismo to federal prosecutors.

Tomorrow, she's expected to plead guilty to a felony charge of money laundering. U.S. District Judge William Zloch will ask for a "full confession," according to court documents.

Villegas was Rothstein's right-hand woman at the firm, a loyal employee for more than a decade. She allegedly helped him transfer money and fabricate documents in the scheme that lured victims to invest in bogus lawsuit settlements, according to the information filed against her. 

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Villegas' Maserati was auctioned last week for $90,000. Proceeds from the sale of Rothstein's riches are to be used to pay restitution to victims of the scheme.
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Lisa Rab
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