Scott Rothstein Claims the Plantation Police Department Had "Cops" and "Friends"

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On the ninth day of Scott Rothstein's deposition in Miami -- December 22 -- he made a few interesting comments about his relationships with Plantation police officers.

Rothstein was repeatedly prevented from answering questions about law enforcement by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence LaVecchio -- who cited the government's "investigative privilege" -- except on a few occasions.

On that Thursday, though, Rothstein spoke generally about cops from the Plantation Police Department on several occasions, sometimes unprovoked.

Amid dozens of questions about Rothstein's relationship with the Levinsons (of Levinson Jewelers), Rothstein was explaining how he'd walk into the jewelry store in Plantation with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to buy loose diamonds.

He explains -- not too thoroughly -- that he couldn't just walk in the front door with that cash sometimes because of Plantation police in the store.

"If I was going to the Plantation store, then I would have usually put my car around back or on the side actually, not back, off to the side, not in front of the store because there were Plantation cops in the store all the time," Rothstein said. "I didn't know whether they were say, quote, unquote, friends or cops. If that makes any sense. I think you understand what I'm trying to say."

No further questions were asked about the "quote, unquote, friends or cops."

On another question about "under the table cash transactions," Rothstein explained that he wasn't sure if could answer because the deals were done in Plantation "through a member of law enforcement."

As with the entire deposition, Rothstein didn't name-drop any cops, nor was he allowed to.

On two other occassions in that morning's transcript, Rothstein also mentioned Plantation cops in seemingly irrelevant situations, including right in the middle of a series of yes-or-no questions.

"You maintained political connections stretching from the Broward Sheriff's office on one end of Broward Boulevard, all the way down to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department on the other end of Broward Boulevard, correct?" Rothstein was asked.

"Yes, and all the way out to Plantation," he replied.


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James
James

I don't believe a word the guy said.   He played the "investors" for fools and now he is trying to do the same to the rest of us.  I'm not buying it.

Jeff Spicolli
Jeff Spicolli

Is the Florida Dept of Revenue and the IRS investigating the Levison's for sales and income tax evasion on Scotty's "off the books" cash sales?

The FL DOR is good at crawling up my ass and socking me with fines when my return is filed a day late.

Vicky
Vicky

While the guys were across the street screwing escorts, they were billing fees to some unlucky clients.  Just another form of stealing money.  Anyone who ever paid that firm since 2005 should demand their money back.  The sad thing is that this type of billing behavior is taking place in every law firm in town..  Client pays $250-$600, and lawyer goes to lunch, meet with friends, have dinner...all goes on client's bill.  Who made those rules that say you can't go to court with a lawyer, and the lawyers charge so much you're broke at the end of the trial that they typically don't win. The Florida Bar needs to be RICO'd

TheSenator1
TheSenator1

Another thought:  There may be upwards of 100 lawyers, power brokers, politicians and law enforcement who will be indicted because Rothstein spoke.  Rothstein's already got the "worst crook in town" title.  By fingering these other corrupt characters, he will be getting them off the street, which could net him the "best corruption cleanser" in town.  People lost money, their lives, their livelihoods; but in a sense, Broward County citizens will be better off for having Rothstein in the town.  It should have the effect of more honesty and integrity - until the corruption builds in 10-15 years, and it's a cess pool all over again.

TheSenator1
TheSenator1

I don't think anyone should feel Rothstein is being arrogant, or lying, regarding his testimony.  He's probably telling the truth, after he's been sitting in jail and watching his greedy partners and co-conspirators pretend like they didn't know him - making statements like "we had NO idea there was a Ponzi going on".  Frankly, Rosenfeldt, Adler, Szfranski, Levin and the bunch were stupid going into the scam with him, and they were even more stupid when they trashed him post-arrest.  Did they really not think he would come back on them?  Really??  What a bunch of cowardly, greedy, pieces of crap.  I hope they all get a minimum of 25 years in a not-so-wonderful prison. 

City activist Robert Walsh
City activist Robert Walsh

Evey time I see this guy Rothstein, sickens me and "And justice for ALL" comes to mind He cheated the process. getting hookers, drugs, you name it. Hold on there reporters don't cave in, get those Whore Masters reveal who the are, and let us watch their wifes castrate them whore masters on Las Olas Blvd.and I can't wait to watch.Lamberti ,Adderly, take note any Whore masters working for you will be" Revealed". Levinson pay up-(clawbackers). Count on it perverts, and didlers........

Abbe
Abbe

Levinson never pays,Deadbeats..

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