meet scott rothstein, soon to be adorning dictionary and thesaurus entries everywhere for the word "sleaze":
or better yet, don't meet him.
that is, if you could, since he seems to have vanished:
in a case already being compared to the bernie madoff affair, a lawsuit filed monday in broward county accuses south florida "super attorney" scott rothstein of bilking investors in a scheme run out of the powerful firm rothstein, rosenfeldt and adler, which now says it can't make payroll.
an attorney for one investor told the south florida sun sentinel that the amount of money missing could be over $100 million, though it's not clear where it went.
... he's now out of town and possibly out of the country — no one knows where exactly — and the feds have reportedly shown up at his law firm offices.
... while all of the specifics of the the alleged fraud are not known, CBS 4 reports it may have involved both taking from client trust funds and setting up a side company to sell investments in structured settlements. those are arrangements in which payments are made over time rather than all at once, reaping tax benefits for the payee and allowing the payer to avoid having to come up with the lump sum upfront.
... the problem? some of the settlements rothstein sold didn't actually exist, according to the lawsuit.
ok, wait — sure, the guy's a crook, but c'mon, this is just run-of-the-mill embezzlement. so where's the beef? scottie needs to dig a little deeper if he's gonna be our new poster boy for sleaze, doesn't he?
not to worry, folks. let's just take a look at those "structured settlements" he's been hustling, shall we?
those documents say that rothstein's firm sought out sexual discrimination and whistle-blower cases and used former cops to dig up incriminating evidence.
sakowitz, the potential investor, said rothstein boasted of having sophisticated eavesdropping equipment and that former cops would sift through potential defendants' garbage.
with compromising evidence in hand, the firm urged the targets of the claims to pay a settlement without a public lawsuit.
and this literal bottomfeeder lied to his "investors" about those, too.
folks, i believe we have a winner!
sleaze |slēz|: noun
immoral, sordid, and corrupt behavior or material, esp. in business or politics
• informal: a sordid, corrupt, or immoral person; scott rothstein
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
... was not in ripping off little old ladies, children, cripples, pensions and charities. the king of the ponzi scheme supreme is not going away for decades past his dying for a white-collar crime so time-honored yet pedestrian.
no, his singular, unforgivable sin was the gravest sin of all: he ripped off his rich friends.
ny times: but in meting out the maximum sentence, judge chin pointed out that no friends, family or other supporters had submitted any letters on mr. madoff’s behalf, attesting to the strength of his character or good deeds he had done.
even mr. madoff’s wife, ruth, whose own awareness of his business dealings has been a major unanswered question, issued a statement on monday distancing herself from him.
... she was not in court for the sentencing hearing.
bloomberg: the courtroom erupted in applause and shouts after chin imposed the sentence.
bloomberg: prosecutors said yesterday in their response to madoff's bail appeal that he should remain behind bars while he awaits sentencing. they said that madoff is a flight risk because he is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison, has been "shunned by the community," owns a home abroad, and has spent decades lying to clients.
newser: documents released today showed that ruth agreed to give up boats and vehicles as well as properties in manhattan, montauk,and palm beach, fla. the deal may allow her to move on after months of being shunned at manhattan establishments and crucified in the tabloids.
reuters: ruth madoff has not been charged with any crimes but she has been widely vilified by defrauded investors, shunned by people she once knew and pursued by the new york press. under the agreement she could still be liable to civil claims.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
so don't dawdle ...
this is auction is for a certified copy of president barack obama's kenyan birth certificate.
president barack hussein obama II was born in the coast provincial general hospital at mombasa in kenya at 7:24 pm on august 4th 1961.
i've traveled throughout the caribbean (including cuba), ibero america (i.e.,latin america), and africa. i have a bachelors in sociology, a bachelors in social sciences as well as a bachelors in afro-caribbean studies. i'm a collector of old dominican and cuban money.
i've worked in the democratic republic of the congo as an advisor in the government's hydrology & rain water management administration.
this spring i traveled through kenya and it's capital nairobi. i was overwhelmed by the "iconicized" face of US President barack obama that displays itself throughout the country. i had lunch at a small eatery and noticed that the club sandwich with fried plantains was now known as "obama's plate of the day."
as an american i was bombarded with questions in english (english is the official language of kenya) on my feelings and opinions of a kenyan governing the united states of america. the first several times i responded in saying that not enough time had elapsed since barack Obama's appointment as President of the USA, and that I'd have to hold my official opinion until at least january 2010, a year in office might be sufficient for me to judge his ability to govern the USA.
natuarally i thought that by "kenyan" they were referring to barack obama's blood, being that his father barack obama sr was a native of kenya. after a day and a half of my being in nairobi i learned that they were literally referring to president barack obama jr as being born in kenya, a native of kenya. now i started asking questions, did his father's kenyan blood somehow entitle barack jr to the equivalent of a native kenyan? no, not all, i was to find out. they were referring to barack obama jr's physical birth on kenyan soil.
kenyans were amused at how gullible americans could be when it came to obvious things like the fact that kenyans overtly admit to barack jr's kenyan birth, yet the americans continue to believe that they know better.
i delved further and found that a birth certificate was on file at the coast provincial general hospital at mombasa.
i know several american expats that reside in kenya. i asked the three that i could reach if they were aware of president barack obama's kenyan birth. all three said that they were most obviously aware of his kenyan birth. i was shocked. they went to further say that they weren't much concerned with it, after all they'd left the US to start a new life abroad and didn't have much interest in what was taking place in the states. besides, they said, who would believe them anyway?
along with my congolese brother andylenny (brother in heart, not blood) and a 1993 BMW with only one working door i was off to mombasa to get myself a copy (certified i hoped) of barack jr's birth certificate.
AND THAT BIRTH CERTIFICATE IS WHAT YOU ARE BIDDING ON HERE IN THIS EBAY AUCTION, CERTIFIED BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
i am not posting any photos of the birth certificate here on ebay. i have not seen this birth certificate anywhere on the internet, to post it here on ebay would lead to a flood of facsimiles on the internet. this would inadvertently decrease the value of the certificate as well.
in further support of i offer the facts below:
a. barack obama (or anyone) has never released a copy of his "hawaiian" birth certificate. no one has ever seen it. only a copy of his hawaiian "registry of birth" or registration of birth" has been released to the public. hey, i have a registry of birth as well (along with my birth certificate). it's funny how a registry of birth is not valid as a form of identification. it can't be used to verify age or identity. just try to use yours (yes, you have a registry of birth as well) at the DOT or DMV or even at the social security administration if you ever lose your SS card and need a replacement. NO ONE WILL ACCEPT A REGISTRY OF BIRTH. yet the president uses his to verify to all of america that he was born in the united states? and hey, you might say, "what's the deal you conspiracy freak! you're just looking for any reason discredit barack obama." well then, if it's not a big deal at all, then why can't anyone produce barack's birth certificate?
b. the barack obama administration, in an attempt to put the birth certificate issue to a rest, has presented the american public with a FAKE, FORGED, FRAUDULENT hawaiian birth certificate in response to a growing number of the american public that have been demanding proof that barack was born in the us. hey, what? you say you don't believe me? just google it! jay mckinnon, a department of homeland security-trained document specialist, has implicated himself in the production of fake barack obama hawaiian birth certificate. JUST GOOGLE IT!
message me with any questions that you might have regarding this auction for president barack hussein obama jr's kenyan birth certificate (certified birth certificate). i reserve the right to not answer specific questions who's answers would no doubt be wallpapered across the internet by breakfast time. i will however reply to all questions. my replies may contain specific answers, and they may not. this will be at my discretion.
if the need arises i may be contacted via telephone. contact me via ebay message if you believe that your question or questions merit a phone call.
international bidders are welcome.
domestic shipping is free, international will be a flat fee of $75.00. all shipping will be insured, and overnight via USPS, UPS, or FEDEX. you pick.
HAPPY BIDDING !!!
needless to say, since you'll be buying sight unseen, caveat emptor!
update: oh ... rats!!! the bidding apparently got up to $7,901.00, but the usurper's minions are everywhere!