Jeff Alan Poole is a Broward County (Florida) Police Detective; so how is he involved in the billion-dollar Rothstein Ponzi scheme case ? Poole, following the orders of a police lieutenant connected to Rothstein, violated the civil rights of a former wife of one of the lawyers involved in the Ponzi, by improperly arresting her. He may have just been following orders, but now he faces prison time, and will get a felony conviction; there is no provision for a withhold of guilt in the Federal justice system.
The defendant never met Rothstein, nor was he directly part of the Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors, but Rothstein's money, and undue influence upon other police officers in his payroll, indirectly sucked him into the scandal, and now he faces a maximum ten year sentence in Federal Prison, which is where former police officers are treated poorly, and live under the threat of violence, except at lower security levels.
Poole*, who pled guilty this week, has been scheduled for sentencing on July 17; the case represents just one more illustration of the consequences of even tangential involvement in a Ponzi scheme, when it implodes into itself.
*United States vs, Poole, Case No.: 14-cr-60089-WPD (SD FL).