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Lori Parrish: Scott Rothstein Duped 'Nouveau Riche'

Some end-of-Friday news:

Miami Herald

-- Add another Scott Rothstein investor to the mix: Ovi Levy, who helped found the Renato Watches, a company in which Rothstein once told me he owned 40 percent. 

Sources say Levy invested several million dollars with Rothstein, who had a collection of several hundred watches. When reached on the phone, Levy refused to comment on the matter, saying he hired an attorney. When I asked the name of his lawyer, Levy hung up the phone.

Levy was a known Rothstein friend and was a sponsor of the American Heart Association's 2009 Broward County Heart Ball along with other Rothstein partners, including Tony Bova and Vie Harvey, CEO of V Georgio Vodka. Rothstein served as co-chair of the Ball along with his wife.

-- Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld today ordered TD Bank to turn over

banking records involving Rothstein and his former law firm, Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler. The firm is basically broke. Here's  a link to the judge's order,courtesy of firm lawyer Kendall Coffey.

-- Much speculation has surrounded which of the rich people Scott Rothstein hobnobbed with actually invested in his scheme. A lot of it surrounds Austin Forman, a frequent charity circuit chum of Rothstein's.

Property Appraiser Lori Parrish Lori Parrish says she's been told that Forman, a long-time friend of hers, didn't invest a dime. And she thinks she knows the reason why.

"Old money doesn't do things like this nouveau riche does," she said. "Austin's family earned their money. But George Levin and some of these others, a lot of them were on [Former Broward Sheriff] Nick Navarro's Advisory Council. That's what these people have in common. That's who they are. They wanted the badges. They are all Scott Rothstein personality types, they like big splashy things. Austin doesn't wear fancy suits."

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