Scott Rothstein Saga: Howard Kusnick Gets Two Years Up the River

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Howard Kusnick (left).
Howard Kusnick -- a former lawyer at Scott Rothstein's now-defunct law firm and associate to his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme -- was sentenced today to two years in federal prison.

Kusnick is now the second person in the current round of Rothstein-related indictments to receive his prison sentence, after Stephen Caputi was sentenced last week to five years in the hoosegow. Rothstein's computer nerds, Curtis Renie and William Corte, are still waiting to be sentenced.

Kusnick, 59, pleaded guilty in June to a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after he was indicted on the basis of defrauding two Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm clients by pretending to file litigation in their favor and instead funneling the funds from those clients into Rothstein's pockets.

Kusnick was disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court in July and is scheduled to start serving his prison sentence on November 4, according to the Justice Department.

After his prison sentence, Kusnick is slated to be on supervised release for an additional two years and was ordered to pay $310,000 in restitution to car salesman Ed Morse, whom Kusnick had screwed out of some money along the way.

Morse had claimed during a civil suit that he was conned out of a grand total of $25 million in Rothstein's scheme.

Rothstein made Kusnick's involvement in the scheme pretty clear to investigators after they found out about emails he sent around the law firm while his Ponzi scheme was imploding, making it clear to his employees they were to lie about Kusnick's ties to the firm:

From: Scott Rothstein
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 8:45 AM
To: Allstaff
Subject: IMPORTANT--HOWARD KUSNICK

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

IF ANYONE CALLS FOR HOWARD KUSNICK,  OR ASKS ABOUT HIM....AND I MEAN ANYONE.....HE IS NOT AN EMPLOYEE OF OUR FIRM. YOU ARE SIMPLY TO TELL THE CALLER OR THE PERSON INQUIRING THAT HE IS NOT EMPLOYED BY RRA AND CAN BE REACHED AT 954-648-4290.

HOWARD IS AWARE OF THIS AND UNDERSTANDS. WHILE HE MAY BE IN OUR OFFICE FROM TIME TO TIME IN THE FUTURE, HE IS NOT AN EMPLOYEE OF RRA.

THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS MOST IMPORTANT MATTER.

ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE SEE ME DIRECTLY. PLEASE DO NOT BOTHER

HOWARD OR HIS SECRETARY WITH THIS.

SCOTT


Not five minutes later, Rothstein sent out another email with the caps lock button on cruise control:

IF ANYONE INQUIRES AS TO WHETHER HE HAS EVER WORKED FOR US OR WHEN HE WORKED FOR US OR TIME PERIODS ETC, YOU ARE INSTRUCTED TO PLEASE SIMPLY SAY THAT HE IS NOT EMPLOYED BY OUR FIRM AND GIVE THEM HIS NUMBER.... 954-648-4290

THANKS AGAIN,

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

SCOTT



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The sentence was too light.  He's apologetic because he was caught.  Who knows how many crimes before the Rothstein deal...they aren't clean and lily white one day, then a crook the next.  Sorry, he should have gotten at least 5 years.

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is  his license gone too

Leslie Siegel
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I do most of the talking, but maybe one day you will be reading my new book on this subject. It's going to be a funny sort of Chevy Chase meets Tony Soprano plot but will have all the wonderful characters in these articles, especially Steve Caputi!

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I know they say i am a wing nut, but i would call your post AZSXA SPAM, which is even sometimes even worse than PONZI!

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Leslie Siegel

The sentence was so light because then this guy would spill his guts about the folks who are unmentioned and still part of the ponzi scheme. Only the dumb jerks got caught, not the real meat and potatoes... then Mr. Meat and Potatoes calls this dude, and all the other ones going to jail like Caputi and Rothstein (Where is my script?) probably gave more names of the guys above, not God or Jesus, more like Mr. Soprano and Vinny the Heist! So he gets two years, Caputi 5, Debra V. got 10 wowowowowo, and finally Rothstein himself gave all the cookies away so got the most time. Has nothing to do with being remorseful or sorry! PUUUULLLLLRRRRAAAASSSSSEEEEEE! get real here!

Leslie Siegel
Leslie Siegel

I think the only license he has is the album by that white rap group called "LICENSE TO ILL!" In fact, all the wonderful guys in these pulp articles played golf with Steve Caputi too, and remember that Steve Caputi knew all along, but he got 5 years, not 2 like this guy. I wonder if I've met any of these people besides Rothstein. Someone told me that I never gave Rothstein a copy of my script about the actor David Carradine and meeting him. But I remember that I did give it to him, what do you suppose happened to it? As for these gentlemen going to jail, good luck and as we say in CA, have a nice day!

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By the way, SORRY FAMILY! I really am. I don't drink but I love writing, and writing is like a drug just like a ponzi scheme!

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