Joel Steinger's Ponzi Palace

Want to live like a Ponzi schemer?

Buy Joel Steinger's house.

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Steinger
Steinger, the felon behind the giant Mutual Benefits viatical scam, is facing federal fraud charges. As I told you this morning, he's on house arrest while he awaits his day in court, assuming it will ever come after so many delays. His house has been up for sale, but I don't think for a minute that he plans to sell it.

And what a house. It's a place where lobbyist Russ Klenet used to hang out while he served as Steinger's do-boy in Tallahassee and elsewhere. He swam in Steinger's pool, kept his yacht docked at the house, and he and associate Aaron Scavron used to call the con man "Uncle Joel."

Before we see how Steinger, who has longtime Mob ties and a penchant for paying the biggest lawyers in South Florida princely sums, lives, here are a couple of quick orders of business:

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Broward bigs are lining up to try to bail out Wasserman-Rubin.
-- The Sentinel (wife of Pulp) is reporting that lobbyist George Platt is holding a fundraiser to get cash for criminally charged former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin's defense fund. Attorney W. George Allen, who ironically sits on the School Board's idiotic "Ethics, Integrity and Transparency Committee," is also central to this unseemly effort.

Wasserman-Rubin was among a gaggle of bad public officials -- including felon Ira Cor -- who gamed new town Southwest Ranches out of millions of dollars. She's charged with voting on county grants written by her hubbie for the town that led to big bonuses for him. She's also been convicted of violating ethics laws in the case.

The list of people on the host committee for the Wasserman-Rubin fund is a who's who of government profiteers. You got school builder Jim Cummings, lobbyist Bernie Friedman, Ron Bergeron and girlfriend-lobbyist Ali Waldman, lobbyist Mike Moskowitz, and others.

Platt says he's certain Wasserman-Rubin has done nothing wrong, but he and the rest of these esteemed Broward citizens are, of course, full of the stuff that is filling up barns all across Southwest Ranches as we speak, namely horseshit.

I'm going to tell Platt and all the other culture-of-corruption mavens this one time: You're throwing your money away. Wasserman-Rubin is toast. Three letters you need to remember:

I R S.  

-- Speaking of Klenet, he didn't just lose his job in Sunrise last night -- he got routed. Commissioners ranked him fourth out of five firms on the list, and that's only because one of them ranked him first. Who was that, you ask? Why, his old buddy, the outgoing Roger Wishner, of course. The vote shows you that when Wishner leaves, Klenet will be cloutless in Sunrise.

OK, see the tour of Steinger's house inside.

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ajfeder85
ajfeder85

Steinger and Mutual Benefits were not involved in a ponzi scheme you retard, the life insurance policies they purchased the insured's are dying and the policies are all going to eventually pay off the the fractionalized investors. There is no loss of principal here with any investor that worked with MBC, unlike Bernie Madoff and the rest of the still in function scammers and hedge fund managers on Wall Street everyone loses their shirt. There is probably dozens and dozens of mini Madoffs on Wall Street but because their backed by ass hole powerful attorneys that lobby congress with millions of dollars all day they will never get arrested just see a hefty fine if that. 

Como12
Como12

Gag me. That house is old and the furnishings are repulsive, especially in the bedrooms. I love the big screen in the master bedroom with the unsightly cords just hanging out in the middle of nowhere, in what looks like a cocktail lounge from Scarface. Property is nice..for a tear down.

Christy
Christy

Eduardo,

Very Nice Photography! Pulp, can you swap out your picture for Eduardo's below?Eduardo's looks to be more realistic. Especially with your story.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Klenet and Steinger could play Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum in Club Fed's production of "Through the Looking Glass Darkly. Twin examples of gluttony, both gastronomically and criminally. What I want to know is who were they feeding? They will walk when they go "deal making", which means all will be forgiven. Life goes on and nothing changes.

BTW, someone needs to bust George Platt. Wasn't he Boss Forman's foreman?

GeorgeRat
GeorgeRat

I used to be the chairman of the DEC. Makes sense doesn't it. I used to be the go to guy in Broward County. I ran this show for years. I was the king maker. My ties run deep. I was personal friends with Lawton Chiles. No one was elected in this town without my help.

Guest
Guest

I don't understand why this despicable scammer is getting special treatment. He's been on house arrest for years. He should be locked up to wait for his trial. This is a total injustice. He's living in the lap of luxury while those he stole from suffer from their loses. Can anyone explain how this is happening? Bribes, payoffs, connected to those in high places? Unbelievable!

Anon33024
Anon33024

rumor is that Judge Susan Greenhawt is covering his back and she is so stupid she told Steinger's ex-wife that she had to leave because Joel needed the house for his defense, not smart enough to even know Homestead laws in her state. Another stupid judge isn't anything new, but someone needs to look at her record and figure out where the payoff is coming. You know it's there in some form. She may not be the only one since he has well-paid off lots of people. But it's criminal and we should be demanding he is put in jail. I think Ken Keechl's law partner McNerny was involved with major felong activities, but still he has not been disbarred, even after money-laundering charges and someone alluded to drug cartel money (millions) found in his office. Steinger was part of the mob. It must be true because look how effortlessly he was able to buy our elected officials, and do things like openly refurbish a county commissioner's house. What gets me is that they don't even try to hide their crimes.

not so stupid
not so stupid

I guess the fact that the house was a premarital asset and he took the debt is something the "stupid" Judge should overlook- NOT!

Sshort
Sshort

hey anon, a federal judge not a family judge in state court is pulling the strings here.

Lawandorder
Lawandorder

Nice try. Susan is a State judge in the family division. Stienger is facing Federal charges with Federal Judge. Peter, is that you?

Avenger
Avenger

Greenhawt, another "TRIBE" member?

Anon33024
Anon33024

I was only referring to who let Steinger keep the house and force his ex-wife and child on the street with nothing but their personal possessions. Greenhawt did that.

Curious
Curious

Would like to see a write up about Ron Book. WTF? Convicted? Did Sheila Alu vote for him?

Curious
Curious

Pulp: Do you know the court dates for Steinger, Wasserman-Rubin, Kraft, the really old guy, etc.?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

"And what a house. It's a place where lobbyist Russ Klenet used to hang out while he served as Steinger's do-boy in Tallahassee and elsewhere. He swam in Steinger's pool..."______________________________________________________________________________

I was fortunate enough to locate a video which depicts one of these gatherings. I didn't know they had underwater cameras.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

unowho
unowho

Virgie ....What no Levin (whale) even the music was appropriate LOL

BumFarto
BumFarto

My young, 50-ish-but-still-hot, gay (not that there is anything wrong with that) nephew tells me he was there in the day and is willing to verify the authenticity of Virgil’s video file. He also hints that the original Kodachrome footage is in a safety deposit box at Touch Down Bank.

Good work, Virgil

JOHN JR
JOHN JR

I'm actually old eough to remember when George was a slim and trim and well-meaning idealists....of course, this was long before he became a bloated poster child for sleaze and greed.

1470
1470

...and the rest of the Seven Deadly Sins

Anon33024
Anon33024

Steinger, Klenet and legal muscle Ken Keechl are responsible for financially destroying the lives of thousands of Floridians, and let they live like this! I'm surprised people aren't marching in the streets with pitchforks. It's vulgur and obscene. I think Judge Greenhawt is behind seeing to it Steinger gets to continue to live in the lap of luxury.

You can see the greed in their disgusting bloated faces, can't you. What a bunch of thieves and POS's they are.

unowho
unowho

I agree what kind of message does this send to other potential fraudsters who see criminals like this not punished for there crimes and living a luxurious life..And the victims still suffer everyday to make ends meet!!!

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Because that is the way it is and always will be. The peasants just whine and never do.

Totally blonde
Totally blonde

My opinion is Platt and band of thieves are only trying to keep Wasserman Rubin very close so she doesn't turn state's evidence against them. Don't fall for it Diane! Spill your guts and try to get a light sentence. They hung you out to dry and they're trying to do it again.

Pulp
Pulp

Interesting idea. I should have included in the post that Platt hired Wasserman-Rubin's husband, Richard Rubin, to work at his Shutts & Bowen firm while Wasserman-Rubin was on the commission. That stank badly and there probably are stories to tell.

unowho
unowho

Well Said!!!....Are you really a blonde???

Sara
Sara

Nice house, but the first thing I would do is take a sledge hammer to the glass block and mirrored drop lighting box in that bathroom.

Why does Wishner vote on Klenet issues since they are such close friends?? WTF

Havenali
Havenali

OMG - Steinger is "Pussy" from The Sopranos!!!!

@ Pulp - Is it just me or is this new format cumbersome and harder to scroll through and read!

Avenger
Avenger

It will be a glorious day when all these houses , steingers, klenets, et.al..., are burned to the ground when the REAL SHIT HITS THE FAN!!!

Tunisia is just the start, all these fuckers who live here like bloated parasites feasting upon this once great Nation will be wishing for a quick death.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Remind me. When was it great?

Avenger
Avenger

Before those mother fuckers finally got their central bank, you know, the money changers at the FEDERAL RESERVE.

And now we are stuck with all these jew fucks running around this country turning everything they touch into shit.

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Sick house - you put 3 of my house in there. Anyway, just laughing at the days of watching good old W. George Allen roll into a poor neighborhood to represent a poor church in his Rolls. Gets out dressed to the nines in clothes that cost more than these peoplel make in a month. Car cost more than the church and takes the churches years to pay his bils. What a riot... But hey, that's capitalism for ya!

JOHN JR
JOHN JR

Driving a Rolls is what you get when you're the Forman family's House Boy.Just look up Oreo in your dictionary....

memory still there
memory still there

Pulp, while you are peeing your pants about Klenet getting the boot in Sunrise don't think this is for the better. Sunrise picked the CONVICTED lobbyist Ron Book over the accused Klenet.

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

I guess its a case of ABK -- anybody but Klenet....

Christy
Christy

Your on fire today ..unowho.

Unowho
Unowho

I wouldnt pee on him if he was on fire..the loser

unowho
unowho

Thanks Christy ....Its a slow day at work ,maybe I am in the wrong business it seems in Broward town ,crime does pay ...atleast white collar crime.But from what I see you have to be a criminal to join this Club.And you have to have an Uncle( Big Belly) Joel.!!!

Roy L. Fuchs
Roy L. Fuchs

it's you're. you're is a contraction (a combo-word) for YOU ARE.

Christy
Christy

Roy,

You're exactly correct. Your grammar punctuation correction is appreciated.Allow me to share some knowledge. Here is the proper context to use "yaws".

"Analysis of Homo erectus skeletal remains suggests the disease yaws had its origins in Middle Pleistocene Africa 1.5 million years ago. Before now the earliest known evidence of the bacterial affliction was a skeleton from the Mariana Islands in the Pacific dated ca. A.D. 850.

Yaws is one form of treponematosis, which also includes the diseases pinta, venereal syphilis, and endemic syphilis or bejel. It occurs in tropical regions and begins as an inflammatory lesion through which bacteria enter the body. The bacteria then spread, causing extensive bone destruction as well as new bone formation."

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