Scott Rothstein's Head Computer Nerd Turns Himself In

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Scott Rothstein -- still 49 more years in the slammer.
Curtis Renie, the 38-year-old information technology head of Ponzi scheme mastermind Scott Rothstein's law firm, turned himself in to the feds today.

Renie, of Fort Lauderdale, is the third person to turn himself in to authorities to be indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the investment fraud, with the fourth -- Rothstein's pal Stephen Caputi -- expected to turn himself in later this week.

The other two -- Renie's fellow IT boy William Corte and former Rothstein Rosenfeldt and Adler attorney Howard Kusnick -- were released last week on $100,000 personal surety bonds.

According a document released by the U.S. Attorney's Office today, it alleges a big part of the Rothstein conspiracy involved wrongdoings by Renie and Corte, the so-called "computer experts":

Rothstein offered $5,000 to both Renie and Corte for copying the website of TD Bank to a computer at his law firm in an attempt to be able to confirm that funds from investors were being held in trust accounts.

Once this was done, investors could view the website -- which looked nearly identical to TD Bank's -- from inside the law firm, allowing investors to view the information in their fake accounts.

For much of 2009, Rothstein would give Renie and Corte a copy of bank account information with balances written next to the printed balances and ask them to update the fake website with the new balances.

At least three investors came in and looked at the fake website, which would falsely show that the law firm had $300 million to $1.1 billion deposited at TD Bank.

Relying on this fake website, these investors put $35 million of their own money into Rothstein's scheme.

After being discovered, Renie deleted the fake TD Bank website and also deleted all of his emails he could find relating to the fake site.

Renie, along with the other three, are all expected to plead guilty to their charges as part of an arrangement with the FBI in which their cooperation is likely to lead to even more arrests in Rothstein's scheme.

Renie's bond was set at $100,000.

Click here to read the information on Renie and Corte released by the U.S. Attorney's Office today.

Stay tuned to the Pulp for ongoing updates in the Rothstein saga.


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Just Sayn'
Just Sayn'

I knew Curtis...  He was a dick...  He was a high roller IT douche with four computer monitors...  One just for iTunes...  Totally worth it!

Caputi-LOVER
Caputi-LOVER

To: Mike above, sorry for the big words. I am angry that Caputi destroyed my family and turned them against me. i know I am no angel dudes and ladies, but i know for sure I did not deserve the isolation of my siblings and my mother. I know dear Steve's mother was a wonderful lady who once said to me, and think the lord it did not come true, for I am married to a man who loves me and is JEWISH, not ITALIAN, no offense to the Italians out there, but Caputi gives you Soprano guys a band name, ya know what I man, hey, hey, hey! Right. So, anyhow, Caputi destroyed my family and kept saying, when I really needed help before he met Rothstein, "Fight it and live it and don't be the victim," now I know what he meant. it backfired in face.He's lucky it's not State pen, or drugs, but who know as they tack this stuff on. Morocco is not just a fake banking town, nit just persian rugs either. But to get back to why I screamed, i saw STEVE CAPUTI looking looking scred and platinum. WOW, what's with the hair color STEVE?

Caputi-LOVER
Caputi-LOVER

I KNEW STEPHEN CAPUTI WOULD GET HIS JUST DUES SEEING AS HE DESTROYED MY FAMILY AND HELPED GET THEM HATE ME. GOOD LUCK STEVE, I HOPE THEY THROW THE KEY AWAY, AND THE MOB DOESN'T GET TOO UPSET OVER MY POSTS. YOU ALWAYS NEVER LIKED ME, SO YOU TRIED TO DESTROY OUR FAMILY AND SUCCEEDED. PONZI JERK. I HOPE THEY ONE DAY JERK YOURS HARD IF YOU GO TO JAIL. I'LL BE WATCHING AND NEVER LISTENED TO ANY WHO SAID YOUI WERE IN THE CLEAR I ALREADY YOU PEGGED. FAMILY SAYS "I" AM EVIL, YOU ARE EVIL TO DO WHAT YOU DID. NOW YOU LOST IT ALL! YOU ARE SO DUMB.

Rothstein's_Private_Banker
Rothstein's_Private_Banker

When do the corrupt bankers get indicted?  They're the ones who had a legal responsibility to report the fraudulent activity they saw going on for years in Rothstein's accounts.  Most of that activity took place in one bank (and it wasn't TD Bank).  But that bank did nothing because they were making money off of Rothstein.  And Rothstein invested in that other bank too.  And Rothstein was bringing that bank new customers and investors.  And Rothstein was giving big gifts and entertaining top officers of that bank (how do you like that Rolex now Johnny H?).  There's a trail of emails showing how bsenior bank officers ordered bank employees to help Rothstein move funds around to avoid being detected by bank compliance - so they KNEW he was committing fraud and HELPED him.  Bank employees even made many transactions for Rothstein to help keep everything hidden.  Many employees knew all the way to the CEO how something funny was going on.  Only a few spoke out then and they got pushed out.  The rest lied or pretended not to notice.  Funny how the Chief Compliance Officer got fired a few weeks ago, just after giving his Sgt. Schultz testimony ("I know nothing... nothing") to help the coverup.  Even this post will probably get removed because the bank's lawyers have threatened the New Times.  Remember last Sept. when Pulp wrote about the bank and said one man was responsible and he would name him the next day?  Pulp never wrote anything about the bank since then.  Why not?  At some point the media will realize the bank spent millions on lawyers and a PR firm to squash negative coverage.  Wait til they pay huge settlements in the pending Rothstein lawsuits and top executives get indicted.  Then their true actions and ethics will be known to all.

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Solvent Ink

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What fools. I hope they made the most of their 5000 dollars. I'm sure its worth a federal prison sentence...

Tony
Tony

 You have got to believe that there is at least several more attorneys in Rothstein's firm who will be indicted. 

Caputi-LOVER
Caputi-LOVER

...corrections: I meant "CAPUTI gives the Italians and BAD NAME, not band name. Sorryl. i am just upset with all this ... I kept telling you that Steve's mom once told me, when she was alive, that I SHOULD have married her son, thanks got i married a decent man who is hoest and does an honst trate, directors musical theater and works a decent job and minds his own Pees and Q's. I'll say he's not int he league of money makers of CAPUTI, but he make an honest living. Sorry for errors. i love my country and I love my family, one day will MY FAMILY REACH OUT, can i use this blog asa basis to win my family back even though i am bashing CAPUTI!~ a fringe relative. Help me folks. I feel like need no more isolation. I make people feel good. i love life and am a child of the hippies, although a bit young. CAPUTI will get his.

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