Scott Rothstein Saga: Debra Villegas Goes to Prison; Four Enter Guilty Pleas

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The gifts of prison sentences keep coming, thanks to Scott Rothstein.

Debra Villegas, the second in command for Rothstein's gigantic Ponzi scheme, surrendered to her new home at a minimum-security federal prison last week to begin her ten-year sentence.

Villegas, now 44, pleaded guilty last year to forging legal documents and laundering money into the now-defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm.

She received a maximum sentence from U.S. District Court Judge William Zloch, despite some wild testimony coming from Villegas' psychologist at her sentencing.

Villegas has been out of custody since her sentencing, largely due to the fact that she's cooperating with the FBI and the IRS for future indictments in the scheme.

Her prison fate became pretty clear to Zloch during the sentencing when Villegas' role in the Ponzi conspiracy was established:

"Was she totally familiar with the operation at the law firm... or was she some lost soul?" Zloch asked the prosecution just before handing down the sentence in October.

"No, she admitted she had knowledge of the scheme," Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Kaplan answered. "She kind of ruled the law firm."

In the current round of indictments in the Rothstein case, the four charged Rothstein cohorts have all entered guilty pleas for their various roles in the Ponzi scheme.

Howard Kusnick, 58, of Tamarac, Stephen Caputi, 53, of Lauderhill, William Corte, 38, of Plantation, and Curtis Renie, 38, of Fort Lauderdale all pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud as part of plea agreements.

In the indictment, the feds say Corte and Renie -- both computer nerds in the information technology department of RRA -- copied a TD Bank website and kept it updated with false information to show investors.

Kusnick is a former lawyer of Rothstein's law firm who drafted a fake lawsuit settlement letter, and Caputi is a former nightclub owner who the feds say would pose as a banker or lawsuit plaintiff to show credibility to Rothstein's scheme in front of investors.

The maximum sentence the men face at their scheduled September sentencing hearings is five years in prison.

It will also be decided this week whether Rothstein himself will return to Fort Lauderdale for a deposition in a bankruptcy court.

The feds are trying to block the move because they say Rothstein could be forced to drop some information about the next round of indictments, which is said to include "a dozen to two dozen" people.

They're asking Judge Raymond B. Ray to postpone the date for Rothstein's deposition by 180 days, by which time Rothstein's co-conspirators would be indicted. If the deposition were down now, the feds say, people would get tipped off about what's going down next.

Lawyers for one of the creditors -- Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Co. -- have entered an objection to the feds' objection, contending that the government is simply trying to buy time, "and it is craftily trying to leave the door open."

"This Court should not consider the request for a stay in a vacuum and should require the Government to explain its full intention at this time," the response says.

The U.S. Attorney's Office's attempt to block Rothstein's deposition is scheduled to be heard on July 1 before U.S. District Judge James Cohn.


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28 comments
Fat Hand
Fat Hand

I feel this conversation has gotten off-track somehow.

Parklandman
Parklandman

Hey sb Chaz Stevens dick sucker thanks for all your work,its about time you had a job besides sucking cock,I will fill the board with the right people,oh don't worry stick to your bs blog that no own reads, I might need you to lick the bathroom floors u fn sb,that's about how close you will come now,you should have waited a few days to try to knock me sb,you were gonna be the man now your sucking cock you fn creep!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

It's booyah you fucking idiot.

Todd Littlejohn...  Evidence as to what happens when you light a brain fart.

Spiro Agnew
Spiro Agnew

Rothstein will be handed over to FBI to work with Feds in White Collar Crime (Ponzi schemes) unit......ala Frank Abignale. George Levin will get 20 years for his involvement. Outside of David Boden, none of the lawyers of RRA will do any time. A few will be disbarred. Why haven't the Federal banking regulators charged TD bank? I am curious to see how far up the Republican Party food chain the feds plan to take the illegal canpaign finance angle.

City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

Where did they send her to Coleman. I 'll let my Sistas know she's on her way to make sure she gets everything she needs.

Parklandman
Parklandman

Yea right they have a better chance of getting hit by lighting then to get rothstein depot,all lawyers to the side lines until the feds are done with rothstein and putting all the fn sb lawyers away,then you dirt bag suing mf lawyers can have that pos rothstein,and sue each other to death.GO FEDS !   

Parklandman
Parklandman

Good bye you fn scumbag lawyers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now go try to steal some cigarettes in jail you fn dirt bags.BULL YA !

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

It's about Debbie's prison stint? Or Steve Caputi's sentencing or Scott Rothstein's FBI tell all fantasy. He's probably giving out all shit info!~

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Parkland man seems to spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about my dick.

Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy

Scotchy scotchy scotch.  I love my scotch.

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

Exactly Chaz, you got that right. I would call it quick sand that they got sooooo deep in the quick sand that when they farted, it would literally take years for the smell to surface. Who knows how long this went on to where the point was these guys were so "deep in" that they couldn't surface and greed pulled them under like hell fire does to evil doers. Whatever new life Caputi is talking about, I hope it has something to do with God and religion,

Parklandman
Parklandman

Hey Chaz were did you bury your pos mother so I can go piss on her grave for having a fn scumbag kid like you,I'm waiting for district 2 people to rip your fn little balls out of your under wear you scumbag,it won't be long now shit bird

Parklandman
Parklandman

Hey matt,you fn guys should have never made a post for this fn scumbag,he started it and Im gonna finish it,he's a fn looser who is a broke dick fn Cs and fuck his dead mother,in her cold ass that fn cunt!

Parklandman
Parklandman

Hey sb I hope your mother cunt is still warm u fn asshole so all the black people in deerfield can still fuck her in the ass you fn dirtbag cock sucker,bring it on you fn asshole scumbag fn lowlife broke dick cocksucker!

Parklandman
Parklandman

Hey sb any chance of digging up your mother so I can cum on her fn face you lowlife fn dirtbag Cs you have no I dear what kinda rock you just turned over you fn pos,go fuck n suck your father cock scumbag! Fuck you Chad and your all done asshole!

Parklandman
Parklandman

Hey shitbird guess what because of your comment against me you are not going to be on the board,you were In and now your out,I will be there tomarrow I'm in ny because of having your own airplane witch you do not you broke dick fn looser I will be there,only to make sure no scumbag like you will ever make any kind of a board in deerfield beach.your a fn assbole and will be treated as one hey moas your fired,I told you I'm not Larry or al.

Parklandman
Parklandman

Hey thats in stocks mad money,when a sb lawyer goes down it's bull ya ! To me and I'm gonna keep me promise to matt at new times and not gonna mf you to death on his site I will see you in person.

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

Does Rothstein actually know names? He may be lying to feds about names and places. The stupid idiot got caught so deep, that if he pooped his trousers the smell would have taken years to surface. Very sad how he just wallowed in it like a pig in a pen. I remember the first time I met Rothstein, he loved my novel on David Carradine, actor. I'm sure it was him way back when he first met Caputi. He was once an honest fun guy. He just got greedy and greed  is like Staph infections, it spreads if you don't take the antibiotics.

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

Well, truly, you do get used to the joint. You really do, and so will she. I've been no angel, and actually ran to Caputi once when I was in trouble, but all it got me was a stigma. So I let the cats out of the bag I can't help it, I'm sure you can see it all here http://LockedUniverseCountyJai... and scroll down to a certain chapter it's all real, Now Caputi is going in front of the judge, i wish him luck, as my luck seemed to hold now for over 10 years no trouble, all behind me, To START MY NEW LIFE like Caputi wants.

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

Very True Parklandman, sorry if I was hard on you with the posts, but this is getting a bit out of hand here. If it were me, they'd remove the offensive posts, no matter what I say about Steve Caputi, as long as it's not "conflict of interest" which are what most of my posts about Caputi. What if I've been told to STOP, and i don't stop, will they send the Mafia police after me? I wonder. Remember me when you don't see anymore posts like this. Who else posts like this except ME ME ME!

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

Wow Parklandman, what is up with you! I'll admit I am pissed off at Steve Caputi for messing up with this Scott Rothstein Ponzi thing, but you are raving mad! They remove my posts all the time, and I get angry, but I have tone down as Caputi will be when he is sentence, as well as the other creepy schemers will be, so lighten up, or they may just remove all your post and mine too. Sorry to anyone who is offended, but I am so mad about Steve Caputi's involvement in this, especially in light that he's my ex brother in law. Conflict of Interest, I've been told to STOP. So i'm toning down, is that not the same, can you tonie down Parklandman?

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

Stop goading this Parklandman Chaz. i don't get it either. They will remove his posts.

Parklandman
Parklandman

Hey Chaz Stevens Richard dick sucken go fuck your your dead mother u fn broke dick Cs women beater pos scumbag,the only board you will be on is an iron and I hope you can take the heat you fn looser! And I will see you tomarrow I hope you make the same mistake as you made today! If you have the balls to show up your off the board asshole!

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

Wooo, uncalled for. REMOVE THIS POST that Parklandman is posting about a woman'd poody!

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

At least my posts are honest and say it like it is, enough to make THEM say to me STOP STOP STOP posting. But it's a bit addictive as greed is easy to embrace in our bosoms. I just wish I could rest in the bosom of Abraham, 'cause it is surely hard not to google ceratin things on this case, so much comes up. Good luck to all, criminals and family and fringes.

Mr. Jim Beam
Mr. Jim Beam

... looks like someone found the whiskey again...

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

What? I don't get it? I say stuff about this case and my comments are removed, and this guy is allowed to rant about nothing and talk in cryptic white man's graffitti! What gives. JUSTICE IS BLIND!

FringerKnows
FringerKnows

I agree Mr. Jim Beam, what's with this guy Parklandman. Obviously he lives in Parkland Fl, and that's parkland moniker. Strange man, but he talks cryptically, have to read posts over and over to realize they make little sense to the sane man or woman!

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