The Moron Brother: Rothstein Scorned

Running around, so I thought I'd quickly share a missive from Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein to Chris Salamone, one of his close friends and business associates.

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It's goes to the great paradox of Rothstein: He was a cutthroat con artist, a financial serial killer (as one of his former judge associates once called him), a man with no qualms about destroying lives to get power and money. 

And his incredible thievery will be playing out in court -- both civil and criminal -- for years to come. Scheduled next is Russ Adler's bankruptcy trial.  

Yet even as he was in the midst of his audacious crime wave, Rothstein was constantly professing his love for everyone around him, and when it came to people doing him wrong, he was easily hurt, or as he put it to Salamone, it was easy to blow a hole through his heart.

ADDED: Salamone and Rothstein were classmates at Nova Southeastern Law and were law partners together at one time. Salamone was also an early investor with Rothstein who was sued for clawbacks by the Rothstein bankruptcy trustees.

Inside read the ensuing email that also indicates there was a drunken blow-up at the white party at Rothstein's million-dollar Versace mansion wedding.

Here it is in three parts:

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Seemetoo
Seemetoo

"And his incredible thievery will be playing out in court -- both civil and criminal -- for years to come. Scheduled next is Russ Adler's bankruptcy trial."

This is taking forever. What about George Levin the whale. This thing didn't take off until he got involved. By the time the feds get around to everyone they will either be gone, deceased or in out of the country with their money and overseas diggs.

jad
jad

Geez Stu. You really pictured that one. Besides just examining the after effects of taking that jump onto the money train, you seem to understand why it can be very hard to turn down such an offer of money and position (especially the money that was being thrown around so creatively back in the 1990s and early 2000s -- and probably before that, although I was not that familiar, at that particular time, with the game being played). However, even though you seem to have an understanding of the predicament that you can find yourself in after the acceptance of an offer that you can’t refuse, your dissertation did not examine what could have occurred if there were to be no acceptance. What has to be admitted is that you can be punished if you don’t take the bait, as you can be viewed as a detriment. (You know -- you turned the scheme down because you understood the criminality, which makes you dangerous if it is thought that you have enough brains to put 2-and-2 together to reveal what you have figured out about the scheme.)

In placing yourself in Salamone’s shoes, I’m sure that you can see that HIS IMMEDIATE RESPONSE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GIANT NO WITH HIS BACK TURNED TO ANY PART OF THE SCHEME, so that he would not be punished for his insight, hence perceived as dangerous, with knowledge of the enterprise -- rather than the alternative (he freely chose) of taking advantage of the lucrative offer that Rothstein had laid out for him. Bob Norman put the alternative into perspective when he explained Rothstein’s character as “a man with no qualms about destroying lives to get power and money.” I would suppose that Salamone understood this about his dear friend Scott Walter Rothstein, Esquire (Florida bar # 765880), a man with many connections and more associates than most mobsters in Broward County.

Rothstein had been permitted to run with his scam, and those who got in first made out like the bandits they were. And, in the same light as that shone on Bernie Madoff, those invited onboard (like Salamone) roped in members of family, friends, and business associates (who had been innocent bystanders, merely looking for a decent way to capitalize their earnings in this society where the hapless, guileless citizenry believes that he or she is protected from the possibility of being duped into joining a criminal enterprise -- by laws, rules & regulations overseen by federal regulators, federal agents, State legal affairs, and local law enforcement, like former Attorney General Charlie Crist, Sheriff Al Lamberti, and Chief Franklin Adderley & their law-straddling underlings, like Lemieux, undersheriff “Bags” Benjamin, Wheeler “the wheelman,” and the “organizer” Greenlaw). Sorry for the sarcasm with that last sentence. I just wanted to say that your summation sounds about right.

1angrydriver
1angrydriver

Unowho,

Thanks for the comment. It was well thought out and lucid. I appologize for the rude comment in calling you a dickhead Lord forgive me. Have a Blessed Day.

unowho
unowho

Repeat after Me :...".MM3 is our mentor"....God Bless you too!!!

Parkland man
Parkland man

Its not just rothstien its all the lawyers are scumbags,lieing,cheating,lowlifes pice of shit lawyers are,i think its great there running scared,going broke going to jail its about time,The whole word hates u dirtbag fn lawyers,go green bay.

1angrydriver
1angrydriver

Pulp,I can't believe not one person has the balls to comment about that cluster fuck yesterday evening. What stupid muther fucker dumbass would schedule a funeral service procession during 5 p.m. rush hour? Forget the hassle of being stuck in traffic for hours. What about all the produce that was stuck on the port and got destroyed for two persons? Protect and Serve? BULLSHIT! I wonder how much that dog and pony show ended costing us the cash strapped taxpayers?

unowho
unowho

1angrydriver Is that your real name or nickname can you give us your address also, seeing you have the balls to make such an ignorant discusting statement.Perhaps one day you are stuck in traffic or someone cuts you off and your roadrage gets the best of you and you retaliate by chasing him down, Only this guy has Mr Simms attitude who shot someone for yelling and cursing at his sister. As you lie there riddled with bullets waiting for an ambulance and LE......you think to yourself ....WHY is this lunatic allowed on the streets.?.........You MAY just regret your ignorant statement!!! ...

1angrydriver
1angrydriver

Hi unowho,

You make a very strong argument! I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday DICKHEAD when I was stuck in traffic praying to God that an EMT didn't need to get to an accident of someone was dying of a heart attach because of the fucking dog and pony show that was put on yesterday.

You must be a cop, only a true moron like pigs can think that way! Trigger happy muther fuckin bullies!

Abouttime83
Abouttime83

No I am not a cop but I did solve a homicide once!!!....You have to remember this dog and pony show (as you call it) is meant not only to show loyalty honour and comradery towards fellow officers but it is also to show them as Mothers and Fathers and the real human side of an Officer in LE.....It very well might be an inconvenience and a feeling that we mere Citizens dont rate up there with the Blue Brotherhood ....But it also sends a message that a strong and loyal force against crime (and the death penalty) is a Major detterent against potential Cop Killlers!!! Have a wonderfull day Love ya forever and always yours truly ..DICKHEAD!!!

natasha
natasha

I hear ya!

They way they carried on it looked like jesus christ himself was killed in the shootout!!

And the taxdollars wasted on this extraveganza!!!!

The sense of superiority and entitlement is fucking sickening!!!!!!

More Stupid emails
More Stupid emails

To Teddy MorseFrom Scott r.

Ted I never had a real brother. But you are the Brother I never had. In fact I love you so much you are like two brothers rolled into one. Like an older brother and a younger brother that somehow got combined into one super brother. everytime we get together I have so much fun and I feel so alive. I wish we weren't married so we could just hang our all the time. that would be like heaven. BFF.I love you man.xoxoxox

Your brother Scottie

unowho
unowho

To my Teddy bear Morse... we should get a divorce ....you are like my brother.. but not from my mother.....you are the love of my life....way more than my wife....forever my sweet honey ...please send me some money ...40 mil would be great... before its to late ..Your Bro Scottie

More emails
More emails

to Dave Benjaminfrom Scott R.

Dave;You mean more to me than you can possibly imagine. We are one. I would gladly take a bullet for you. When you escorted me through the airport with all the money in my duffle bags I imagined I was a baby and i was in my mothers arms all safe and secure. Sorry I couldn't take you too Morocco but remember me in your heart.Love always and forever,Scott.PS Please email me some pictures of yourself. Use your imagination.

B_tan
B_tan

Btw, any word on Kim these days?

B_tan
B_tan

Even his e-mails are emotionally labile.

unowho
unowho

Quite a manipulator Scottyboy was, put a guilt trip on him (you never once thank me for putting you in these deals........you put a hole in my heart) than blindside him with you are my heart and soul Chrissy ......love you always and forever ...Your brother...Scott !!!......... PS ...Scotty should been a romance novelist!!!

TwoCents
TwoCents

What package? Who is Frank? Who is Chris M.? Any ideas?

Pulp
Pulp

Frank is Frank Preve, who worked for George Levin's Banyon fund and handled a lot of the deals.

TwoCents
TwoCents

Sounds like he was in love with the guy and the guy just used him. Karma is a bitch.

Guest
Guest

Seeing all the e-mail correspondence surrounding Rothstein it tells me he was a sick mental manipulator he was and it was all about the MONEY(like dangling a pork chop in front of hungry dogs) Greedy needy people would sell their dignity for MONEY. I'sure these men would never say I Love you and act like this towards a disgusting Putz like Rothstein if it weren't for the MONEY! Im sure there are alot of Kids in prison to say I Love to. I hope he's never released. Totally Sickening!

Guest
Guest

So many made fools of themselves....for the MONEY!

Anon33024
Anon33024

Fools, creeps, thieves, dishonorable greedy pigs. So any decency to their family name was sold for money. How's that working out for you guys who haven't been charged criminally yet? Is today's saving grace - or anything that makes you feel good about yoursef - that you haven't been arrested yet?

Guest
Guest

Sorry for the topic change, but I had to say something about the profoundly moving and touching funeral service for the slain Miami Police Officers. Miami Dade Police Director James Loftus 's heart wrenching comments made me have a new found respect for Law Enforcement. Both the officers lived in Broward County. It was a beautiful sad tribute. RIP

Salomone is Gay
Salomone is Gay

F'en Creepy. I am a guy and I have a lot of buddies that I go back with. But all this Love you crap after every email and this closer to me than blood shit, and we're brothers and you forgot my birthday is fucking wierd. It's fucking gay. If I said that to my real brother it would be weird.

Ethostao
Ethostao

now i know where Charlie Crist got the easy-to-say-and-certainly-not-meant "i love you" idea.

glass slipper
glass slipper

Sounds like Scotty "Johnny Cakes" Rothstien will have no problem at all adjusting to the prison love.

Pulp
Pulp

Salamone is a long-time associate and early investor in the Ponzi who has been sued for clawbacks in bankruptcy court. Here's a post I wrote about him that I should have linked above:

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach....

Stu
Stu

Thanks from reading those emails I could place myself in salomone shoes. Getting drawn in, maybe taking a chance on the first one with your own money. Then getting a score. Then doing the second one with part of your own money and the proceeds from the first one. Then doing the third one on his the profits. Then calling your family members and friends and trying to get them in on the deals. Then getting a little gready because you can come up with the all the money to get in on the deals. So you take a little peice of the profits your family members and friends get. Then you think your some type of guru financial genius, but your really just an idiot that is afraid to ask too many questions because you don't want Scott to get pissed at you and cut you off the money train. Besides you can tell that to the feds that you didn't know. So you keep right on going forward. Buy I better car, bigger house, start to ski with the jet set. Now your life is chaos and you blame Scott when you need to look in your soul.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Weird! Pulp, I just followed your link for a stroll down memory lane ... It appears that almost all of the comments were authored by Virgil! Disqus may be acting up again (or maybe Virgil was just very prolific that day).

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Goldilocks:

I swear that while a small portion of those posts were mine, Disqus is malfunctioning.

I may have to petition the court for a restraining order.

Love ya! You're like a sista' to me in my narcissistic mind.

Mental Illnes never sleeps ; )

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

I see. I thought it was those Puppy Uppers.

Sheriff Lamdirti
Sheriff Lamdirti

how many years did he know this guy?why was he giving him checks?I never heard this guy's name before?

Christy
Christy

Brotherhood man, Love ya.

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