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Scott Rothstein Saga: Marybeth Feiss and William Boockvor Charged With Felonies

Scott Rothstein's scummy ways have now led to two more people being hit with felony charges, becoming the sixth and seventh of Rothstein's old pals to face felonies.

Marybeth Feiss, an administrative assistant at the now-defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm, and William "Uncle Bill" Boockvor, a bookkeeper at RRA, were both hit with a single felony charge today.

Feiss is charged with conspiracy to violate the Federal Employees' Compensation Act and defraud the United States, and Boockvor is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud -- both of which appear to be part of a deal cut by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

According to the criminal complaint against Feiss, she was involved in "part of the conspiracy that Rothstein attempted to dramatically increase the stature and political power of RRA on the federal, state, and local level by making substantial political contributions to political candidates."

With the help of Feiss, the feds say, Rothstein would hold political fundraisers at his place and elsewhere for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid. Rothstein would "bundle" contributions from RRA employees and other folks to McCain's campaign, which would give RRA credit for all of those contributions.

People like Feiss, an administrative assistant, didn't quite have the cash or the desire to make the serious contributions Rothstein was after, so Rothstein would reimburse people like Feiss for the contributions they made to McCain, according to the complaint.

The feds say that people like Feiss knew exactly what was going on with the contribution scheme and that RRA ended up becoming the nation's top contributor to one of McCain's fundraising efforts, called "McCain Victory 2008."

Once McCain won the party's nomination in 2008, the feds say the "bundled" contributions continued to the McCain-Palin Victory 2008 fund, making RRA the nation's top contributor to that one as well as being the second-leading contributor for "McCain Victory Florida."

Between RRA attorneys, their spouses, and administrative personnel, around $400,000 went to the Republican National Party and $450,000 went to state Republican parties, the complaint says.

Those people would then be reimbursed by Rothstein via bonuses and miscellaneous expenses to conceal the fact that the reimbursements had occurred, according to the feds.

The complaint says that all of these contributions led to Rothstein becoming a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention and a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee, which advises the governor of Florida on whom to nominate as state judges.

For allegedly being reimbursed for a $2,300 contribution to McCain's campaign fund, Feiss faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to one of the documents filed today, prosecutors don't expect a trial, furthering the likelihood that this is part of a deal for swapping information about the rest of the co-conspirators.

Then there's Boockvor, whose conspiracy-to-commit-wire-fraud charge is unrelated to the campaign-contribution scheme and goes back to the same aspect of Rothstein's Ponzi scheme that led to four people being shipped off to prison in August.

This time, however, the complaint against Boockvor alleges that TD Bank employees were complicit in helping Rothstein carry on his fraud.

According to Boockvor's complaint, he'd give TD Bank employees fraudulent bank statements of people investing in Rothstein's investment scheme. Boockvor would help them prepare envelopes with the fraudulent bank statements, along with cover letters from the bank saying the fake balances were accurate, the feds say.

Rothstein would hand over these letters to the investors, and sure enough, they'd like what they saw.

The feds allege that Boockvor would also pose as a TD Bank employee to help deceive investors in meetings taking place inside a conference room at a Weston branch of the bank and show off phony balances of trust accounts at the bank to further their confidence in investing.

The specific act they're placing on Boockvor is claiming that he showed an investment group a phony RRA account balance of $20 million. After an unnamed TD Bank employee confirmed the balance was true, the investment group wired $10 million to an RRA account that same day, according to the complaint.

Boockvor also faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison plus a $250,000 fine, and again, the U.S. Attorney's Office doesn't expect a trial.

These charges, in all likelihood, aren't part of the "multi-defendant" indictment prosecutors referenced in June, which is rumored to include "a dozen to two dozen people" and to be released this month.

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