Ex-Rothstein COO Charged In $1.2B Ponzi Scheme

Law360, New York (April 27, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT) -- The former chief operating officer of defunct Florida law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler PA was accused Tuesday of money laundering in connection with disgraced former attorney Scott W. Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

The federal government filed a criminal information charging Debra Villegas with one count of money laundering conspiracy in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. An arraignment is set for Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Villegas participated in the scheme from 2007 to 2009 by helping Rothstein fabricate names of fictitious plaintiffs...
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