Club Man Caputi Also Joined Rothstein in Morocco

Add another member to Scott Rothstein's unofficial Moroccan club -- Cafe Iguana owner and longtime Rothstein associate Stephen Caputi.

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Caputi joins Rothstein's "uncle," a former bodyguard, and a Moroccan-born guide to the list of those who traveled to Morocco during Rothstein's weeklong stay after he fled to the country when his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme collapsed.

We already knew that there was a $1 million bank account in Casablanca with Caputi's name on it. The money is being seized by the federal government. This mini-bombshell leads to many questions for Caputi, who of all of Rothstein's close associates seems to be discussed the least. Chiefly, why did Rothstein ask him to fly out to Morocco? Another key question: What did he do for Rothstein, if anything, while he was there?

So I got Caputi on the phone.

"I don't want you to take this in any kind of

 rude way, because it's not meant that way," Caputi said after taking my call at his nightclub. "But I just don't have any comment at this time. Bye-bye, Bob."

He hung up as I tried to ask him questions. So much for that. I also asked Bob Scandiffio, Rothstein's former bodyguard, if he saw Caputi in Morocco. Rothstein also flew Scandiffio out to Casablanca with a bizarre plan to try to shave time off of his eventual prison sentence. Other than Scandiffio and Caputi, the only other people who went with Rothstein to Morocco were Bill "Uncle Bill" Boockvor and his guide, Ahnich Khalid.

"I can't comment on that because it's an ongoing investigation," Scandiffio said.

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Rothstein and his old law partner Howard Kusnick had business ties to Caputi dating back to the mid-1990s and apparently invested in Caputi's clubs. Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler bankruptcy records indicate that Rothstein issued a $61,500 loan to Caputi's company, Kendall Sports Bar. He also apparently funneled some of the money through law firm associate Steven Lippman, who allegedly wrote an $89,000 check to KSB.

Caputi also attended Rothstein political fundraisers and made contributions to local politicians like Sheriff Al Lamberti. He also contributed thousands of dollars to Rothstein favorites, including the Florida Republican Party ($10,000) and presidential candidate John McCain ($1,000).

Of all of Rothstein's close associates, though, Caputi has been talked about the least.  

Yet it's becoming increasingly clear that he was a key figure in Rothstein's life. We knew that Rothstein represented Caputi's clubs, including the Cafe Iguana in Pembroke Pines, and that he also put $1 million in a Moroccan bank account under Caputi's name. Rothstein also threw law firm parties at Cafe Iguana, including the Christmas party in 2008.

Now we learn from sources that Caputi flew out to Morocco at the end of October to join Rothstein in Casablanca after the Ponzi scheme imploded and he fled the country.

If you want to get an idea of what Caputi is like, the best place is a 1997 article that was published in the Miami New Times about Caputi's struggle with state beverage agents, who shut a Cafe Iguana club down after it was discovered that bathroom attendents there were selling cocaine. From the article by Miami writer Kirk Semple:

"The ABT needs to be dissolved!" erupts Steve Caputi, director of administration for Chameleon Concepts Inc., the Hollywood-based corporation that owns a small empire of South Florida nightspots including Cafe Iguana, Marsbar, Fat Kats, a second Cafe Iguana in Fort Lauderdale, and Bermuda Bar and Grill in North Miami Beach. "When you can turn evidence like $235 worth of cocaine over a three-month period into the need for an emergency suspension order, you need to go back to the statutes and learn what crime really is!"

He swigs his bloody mary through a straw and puffs out his chest. "You know what it is? It's the rise of communism into American society. You can't arbitrarily usurp life, liberty, and property without due process. Hey, the only thing they didn't do was kill us."

The arrival of a waitress wearing almost completely cutoff jeans and a T-shirt bunched in a knot at her breasts is enough of an interruption to distract Caputi, and he wanders off. But attorney Louis Terminello, who represented the clubs against the ABT, quickly takes up where his client left off. The issue isn't whether drugs were being sold on the premises, says Terminello, a heavyset man with a penchant for heavy metals: gold watch, gold rings, gold bracelet. During the hearing he didn't dispute allegations that the bathroom attendants were peddling cocaine. But the dealing was taking place without the knowledge of the management and the owners.

Sounds like two guys who would have gotten along famously with Rothstein, doesn't it? At that time, Caputi's clubs, which he owned with three partners, were said to bring in more than $15 million a year. The majority shareholder in the company at the time was David Lageschulte, who also owned at least 15 Hooters restaurants and, interestingly, a stake in Dan Marino's American Sports Bar & Grill.

Another Caputi quote from the 1997 piece: "They're supposed to help us, not act like the Gestapo. They could've picked up the phone and told us we had a problem. But they didn't want to solve the problem. They wanted to crucify and get headlines. 'Operation Bar Bust.' We called it 'Operation Ball Bust.'"

-- Thanks to everyone who supplied questions for tomorrow's radio debate with District 19 U.S. congressional candidates. I'm going to ask them, and more suggestions are welcome.

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Leslie Siegel
Leslie Siegel

I told Steve Caputi in many posts what I think about how he brainwashed my family against me and made them not like me very much telling them to STAY AWAY FROM HER! Well, now I am here posting for all to see that I am a wonderful person, no angel as you can see at this link http://LockedUniverseCountyJai... So Steve probably has a worse situation but me, I just made a mistake 10 years ago, and I paid, and have not been in trouble since, but Steve Caputi was part of all that was going on in my life in concern with family, he made them scared of me, hate me, fear me, and when I came to visit him at his home years ago, I was treated like Martha Stewart on lock down made to sleep in a windowless den with framed Jersey's of SHAQ signed by him ... It was so bad, and in the morning when breakfast was served, they served like it was a jail. But one thing, Steve Caputi could cook a mean steak! YUM I will miss that. Otherwise good luck, maybe when you go, i can recoup with my own family again.

Scott Rothstein Block C #19484
Scott Rothstein Block C #19484

Well, here I am in jail with my new roommate Bruiser. Bruiser is protecting me very nicely as long as I do what he says and share my canteen with him. I've gotten people to send me little bits of cash so I can get special items in jail and trade them for my life. At first they hated me, and they put me in the hole for my own protection, then they let in general population, and now i have new friends and even a boyfriend Brutus. I have to do stuff I don't like or don't smell good but I heard they want o profile me on a show called "JAIL" on A & E so look for me on that and know one day I will get out of here. Help me Steve, help me!

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

Steve Caputi is goin' to jail folks, and we need someone to write the screenplay, Oh well, guess since I know all about it, behind the scenes before the mess broke open, I'll just have to be the one family member that writes a "tell-all" like when in 1980's Mayor Vincent Cianci came visiting before his own scandal (Landing his helicopter on our lawn), I did and so did others, maybe this one will fly better since more crimes were committed! Stay tuned for the next installment! Alas, I was told to "shut yer' frickin' mouth or they'll be after you," so I guess I'll wait until it all dies down, like after August 24th, then I can write it all up, the secrets of Steve Caputi that made everyone go screwy!

Leslie Siegel
Leslie Siegel

Hey SteveFamilia, Why don't you get a life. I am not bored or unhappy with mine. Just how much crap Steve Caputi did to me and my family. So what if I write on here. I am not ranting, i am telling the truth. And to be honest, i never really liked Steve, I liked his father and his dad was the best person. i don't believe they are related. i think Steve Caputi is adopted. LOL. I knew his mother well and she loved me very much and I wish she was alive now. She was the nicest lady and it's hard to believe she birthed Steve Caputi, so I am happy and married to a nice director and this stuff with Caputi is over and done with. You posted too late for me to really respond like I want. They may have shut this down or are on to my posting antics. I have Yahoo account, facebook and normal posting, and each one I have a nickname, so what? Get a life and have fun and don't take this so seriously unless you are related to Steve Caputi.

Leslie Siegel
Leslie Siegel

I'm laughing at my own comments! GEEZ.

stevefamilia
stevefamilia

Either you have a very boring life or you thrive on steve's shortcomings...I have seen you comment on numerous sites under numerous names slandering his name.. Maybe you are secretly in love with him!!! HMMMMMMMMM.

Leslie Siegel
Leslie Siegel

Steve Caputi your day has come. Hope you learn from this. Knowing you, you probably thought you would not get caught. You can't get away with that stuff as long as you have, wow, i used to come to your home and say, "Wow, where did he find the bucks for all this stuff," especially that windowless den you made me sleep in with all th autographed blown up photos and basketball Jersey's of SHAQ hanging on the walls? I couldn't even leave the room all night and the bathroom was in there, so I felt like Martha Stewart on lock down, and you parceled me out to my family like I was a jailbird in a jail ike you will be one day. And if not, and you get away, then it was all for naught.

ALL KNOWING KNOWS TOO
ALL KNOWING KNOWS TOO

WELL, GEORGE DERBY got it half right. I think he has the general idea of it. But Jack Caputi is the father of Steve Caputi, and did move to Buffalo (mafia town) with his wife a few years ago. Steve Caputi is floating around with an RAA loan attached to his ass!

STEVE CAPUTI GOES TO JAIL
STEVE CAPUTI GOES TO JAIL

STEVE CAPUTI GOES TO JAIL, FINALLY, WHOOPS, FOOLED YOU, BUT STEVE CAPUTI GOING TO JAIL? WE WILL SEE STEVE CAPUTI IN JAIL 2010!

Motha' Man
Motha' Man

STEVE CAPUTI, WOW, I AM WAITING FOR YOU, HURRY UP AND GET HERE I REALLY NEED A NEW CELLIE (A NEW ROOMMATE) YOU CAN BE MY "DOG" and I WILL PROTECTS YOU ALLS THE TIME YOU DO IN HERE. ONCE YOU GET HERE, YOU WILL LOVE IT BECAUSE PEOPLE AREN'T SO BAD AS YOU WOULD THINK, IT'S THE GUARDS YOU GOTTA' WATCH OUT FOR... BE A GOOD BOY, AND I'LL GO EASY ON YOU, BE A BAD BOY, AND WELL, SEE YA' WHEN YOU'S GETS HERE! Much Love Motha' Man!

John Gotti III
John Gotti III

HEY STEVE, don't drop the soap! Don't bend over and don't look at anyone too long, and don't where your jail pants too low or they might misconstrue, good luck maybe you'll get some jail girl groupies to write to you and propose some marriage. I'll get my daughter to write to you, Gotti to Caputi, ya' never know, hey?

Geri Jail
Geri Jail

STEVE CAPUTI Block #2980-C #C345398494820202 LEVEL 5, PALM BEACH COUNTY JAIL, FloridaYOU CAN WRITE HIM THERE SOON, Maybe sooner!

Mary Bo Beep
Mary Bo Beep

OH WHERE OH WHERE DID MY STEVE CAPUTI GO TO, AFTER DISAPPEARING WITH SOME STRANGE GIRL HE MET ALONG THE MANY PONZI TRAILS HE HAS TAKEN, OH WHERE OH WHERE CAN STEVE CAPUTI BE, DOES ANYONE RALLY CARE???????? What's going to happen to him, we wonder... probably Nothing!

I KNOW THEM
I KNOW THEM

I KNEW THEM DIANE AND KIMMIE. FROM THE PHOTOS THEY HAD ON FACEBOOK YOU CAN TELL THEY WANTED TO BE LESBIANS AND LOVERS. THE WAY DIANE CAPUTI WAS SMILING AT HER AND LAPPING UP THE FAKE HAIR AND MAKEUP, AND POINTING AT A ROLEX WATCH, YOU CAN TELL THAT GEORGE DERBY SAYS TRUTH!

Caputi Lover
Caputi Lover

HOW COULD you all trash poor Steven Caputi who was trying to help the homeless and sick? He was going to do some big things with that money once Scott gave him the okay. You guys have Steve Caputi all wrong, he is not a bad guy, he's a bad ass, in his own mind of course. He is also involved in a Jewish Cult so that may save him in the end, and he built up the best strip joints then turned them into kid's party zones... from strippers and lap dancers, to lollipops and sweet sixteen parties so how could Steve Caputi be a bad guy if he loved children enough to take his laundered money and put it into the kids hands? You guys got this Caputi guy all wrong, so FAGETABBOUIT!!!! GEEZ!

The Boss
The Boss

WHICH ONE OF YOUS' IS REALLY STEVE CAPUTI, HUH, HUH, HUH?

Mister Soprano
Mister Soprano

Steve Caputi Diane Caputi connected very much so what about Caputi's wife Diane Caputi what does she know now that the photos of Caputi and his booty and his friends Rothstein and parties have mysteriously vanished, what say ye Diane Caputi?????????

Knows Caputi
Knows Caputi

Wooo, I KNEW STEVE CAPUTI WELL AND I KNEW ONCE THE DUST CLEARED on this Rothstein scheme that they'd get to Steve Caputi who is a sly snake, or thinks that he is a sly snake, ask him about his ties to the Jewish cult he's involved in, and other things, email me and I'll spill!

anonymous
anonymous

Scott met Kimmie at Cafe Iguana initially. She worked there as a "BEER CHICK" years before Blue Martini...She and Scott knew each other than, and did not meet in 2006, but years before!

anon
anon

@Dr. Licky...AMEN...

@ YOU ALL NEED A DAY JOB...AMEN again

I have been telling these self-righteous slobs for the past 4 months that they are vile people and to get a life...

MM3All That GlittersBtanKevin KV SModel CitizenNegot8rand whoever I might have left out..you certainly know who you are.

ps All That Glitters..who gives a shit it was your birthday yesterday other than your 4 or 5 cronies

btan
btan

Woops. Meant to say:

I purposely attempted to word the questions so that we could hear what THEY think are the priorities, rather than simply answering the question that I think are the priority ISSUES.

btan
btan

@ Let me say this about that 1:21pm

Thank you. I purposely attempted to word the questions so that we could hear what THEY think are the priorities, rather than simply answering the question that I think are the priority questions.

YOU_ALL_NEED_A_DAY_JOB
YOU_ALL_NEED_A_DAY_JOB

@ bystander and @ NEGOT8R

You both need to a life and a paying job. You are sad people that are probably sitting on your couch in your PJ's cause you have no job and no way to put food on the table and no one in your bed at night.

Also if you are going to talk crap and be low lives, learn to spell its MARC NURIK not MARK NURIK. You F**King idiots!!

sad excuses for human beings, all of you idiots on here

Stop trying to fuck with peoples lives and stop posting private information that should not be on here.

NEGOT8R
NEGOT8R

@Dr.Licky

Aside from the gross sexual comments and the gutter-based personal attacks, I am bothered by individuals like you that use this blog to voice their personal agenda in the form of conspiracy theories that have been proven false by multiple federal agencies.----------------------------------

Hey doc if you are so bothered of by this blog here is my prescription. Stay away from here, STFU and lastl, go fondle some more of your patients.

Let me say this about that
Let me say this about that

@Dr.Licky 12:57

post the reference! and pronto! Me and several others on here could benefit from a session!

Let me say this about that
Let me say this about that

@btan 11:53

I like your questions. Shows some real thought and not another NeoCon or NeoSoc (Neo Socialist) drone who blindly swallows the dreck spewed by their favorite political party.

Dr. Licky
Dr. Licky

@ Bystander

I scan this blog from time to time and enjoy reading the insightful and entertaining posts that address the systemic problems of political, judicial, law enforcement and economic corruption that plague our community. Whithin that content, this blog, like others, gives a constructive voice to a public forum of individuals.

Aside from the gross sexual comments and the gutter-based personal attacks, I am bothered by individuals like you that use this blog to voice their personal agenda in the form of conspiracy theories that have been proven false by multiple federal agencies. You want to voice issues with Nurik, Rothstein, Levin, Adderley, health care, immigration, Hurley, etc., have at it my friend.

But, to further your personal agenda in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence is childish, neurotic and only serves to undermine the purpose of this blog.

If you must know, no I am not Nurik or his mommy. I am a psychiatrist who deals with abnormal behavior and work with law enforcement to profile and aid the capture of violent criminals. You sound like the type who should be sitting on my couch for a session....a person with deep seeded anger, resentment and abandonment issues with possible bi-polar manifistation.

I suggest you get help with your issues. I have a full schedule, but would be happy to recommend an excellent mental health professional to you upon request. Good Luck!

dawnie on ICW
dawnie on ICW

I am amazed on a daily basis thru this blog the level of ignorance in this communinty. The self serving corruption & fraud on all levels is no longer shocking. Shocking is the fact that you all truly believe that SR will go into witness protection due to shredding of records by mafia!!! OH MY GOD-the feds DO NOT EVER have to tell the American public the truth and if you all beleive this BS, you do belong in Broward.

Menachem Mendel lll
Menachem Mendel lll

Virgil Starkwell

Thanks.

Interesting read.

Needless to say..I sincerely hope all who share in my POV are wrong, wrong, wrong.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Come on you guys.Please find a chat room!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Yes MM3:

I read your response and disagree with the premise. Even the theocratic regime in Iran are not insane enough to launch a Nuclear weapon at Israel, because they would be vaporized in a matter of minutes. Israel has it's nuclear submarines in position at all times.

We have been trying to effectuate regime change in Iran, and this may take several more years+ to accomplish. Our recent color revolution (green), aided by our control of the social networking sites, was successful in part, but didn't accomplish the ultimate goal. An attack upon Iran at this time would galvanize support for the theocrats in Iran and isolate Israel and America as international pariahs.

It would also place our troops in the region in great jeopardy, and could place us at risk of WW3, with Russia and China becoming engaged in assymetric warfare, which would include an attack upon the petrodollar as the World's reserve currency. (This could devastate our economy)

There is no evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapon at this time, and they are legally entitled under the terms of the NPT to enrich uranium for civilian purposes. Israel is in the process of isolating it's most loyal ally, the U.S., and need to back off.

Biden's recent trip was an absolute slap in our face. The continued building of settlements in furtherance of a 'Greater Israel' is exacerbating the problem and is not in Israel's interests in the long run. It is also in violation of specific U.N. laws.

As Bibi said to Biden the other day, "I have nothing to offer you but broken glass."

You do know what this means MM3, don't you. And believe me, that was no accident. That was a staged event with Bibi sending a clear message, one that your vast knowledge of scripture and history will aid you in deciphering.

The coalition government in Israel, led by Bibi, is far too hawkish and needs to be replaced. That would be in the best interests of Israel and the U.S.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/a...

anonymous
anonymous

All That Glitters ...Happy and many more healthy birthdays from unowho AKA anonymous(not the WW bitch)

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Happy Birthday, ATG!

BTAN: I had a feeling you were a brunette.

All That Glitters...
All That Glitters...

Thanks to Pulp Angel btanThanks Menachem-You are a joy to read!And Thanks to all my well wishersMay you all have a Great Day!

herb caen entertainment award
herb caen entertainment award

Happy Birthday Glitter, make alot of wishes they always come true.

Pulp: Deutch cancelled on the meet up today, he has a meeting in Tallahassee.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

I think we should announce March 18 as annual Glitter Day in Pulp Nation in recognition of ATG's birthday...

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Happy Birthday Glitter! Any special plans?

bystander
bystander

Dr. Licky,not to give too much credence to your idiotic post wondering world why I am questioning Mark Nurik, which by the way was a total of two posts.

It raises some serious questions as to what Mark Nurik knew and when he knew it. If you can't admit there are some serious coincidences with the timing of some bonuses, forgiving loans, living in Rothstein's houses rent free, and some other issues, then you must either be Mark Nurik or his mommy.

He has brought his integrity into question taking this case. I for one have seen enough "coincidences" in this case to last me a lifetime. It is becoming increasingly obvious that Mark Nurik knew what was going on before Rothstein left for Morocco. That's my opinion and seems to be the opinion of others on this blog also.

Scotty the Snitch
Scotty the Snitch

Happy Birthday

Who do I write the fucking check to? I'm gonna buy your cake.

I won't rat on you the way I did the last person I bought a cake for.

Menachem Mendel lll
Menachem Mendel lll

All That Glitters,

Happy Bithday.

You don't sound any older.Congratulations.

Wishing you many arrests to read about and enjoy with family and friends in the near future.

Menachem Mendel lll
Menachem Mendel lll

Virgil Starkwell

Hi Virgil,

Did you have time to read my Tuesday March 16, 2010 @ 12:52 reply to your question.

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