FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – A forfeiture deal was reached Tuesday in the case of the convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.
Federal prosecutors reached an agreement with a bankruptcy trustee on how to divide nearly $50 million forfeiture proceeds from Rothstein.READ MORE: Coral Springs Police: 3 Separate Crime Scenes Tied To One Suspect
Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer says about $28 million will go to qualified victims of the scam and $21 million to claimants in the bankruptcy of Rothstein’s now-defunct Fort Lauderdale law firm.
The money comes from forfeiture of real estate, boats, vehicles, jewelry and bank accounts traced to Rothstein’s $1.2 billion scheme. The settlement still must be approved next month by two federal judges.READ MORE: Brightline Celebrates 3 Years Of Service As It Nears Orlando Extension Completion
Rothstein is among roughly two dozen people convicted in the scam, which offered investments in supposedly confidential legal settlements that did not exist. Rothstein himself is serving a 50-year prison sentence.
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