|Scot Rothstein and the late Melissa Lewis|
The trial of the case was delayed several years, due to insanity defense issues. Debra Villegas was sentenced to ten years in Federal Prison for her role in the billion dollar Ponzi scheme, orchestrated primarily by attorney Scott Rothstein, who sold bogus out-of-court settlements in discrimination and sexual harassment cases to unsuspecting investors. In truth and in fact, he was paying older investors with money received from new victims. Rothstein is serving a 50-year sentence for his Ponzi scheme.
Debra Villegas sentence was subsequently reduced for Substantial Assistance, and she testified at trial against her former husband, Tony Villegas.