Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Monday, January 23, 2017

WERE THE SHORT SENTENCES METED OUT TO LAWYERS IN SCOTT ROTHSTEIN'S PONZI LAW FIRM INADEQUATE ?


A number of the defendants who pled guilty in Scott Rothstein's billion dollar Ponzi scheme, which was run out of his law firm, and in which several of the defendants were lawyers, and some even partners there, received short prison sentences in their Federal criminal cases. While all those guilty pleas saved the government millions in costs, one wonder whether justice was truly served, and whether the short sentences truly served as a deterrent to others.

A number of the defendant are attorneys, and if the truth be told, their law firm created bogus out-of-court settlement agreements, non-existent court cases, and even forged signature of judges, all to fool the victims. I wonder why the trial judge allowed individuals who took their specialized knowledge of court procedures, and perpetrated a massive fraud upon the courts, whose phantom cases they manufactured, for the purposes of fraud, to endure only brief stays in minimum security facilities, only to be released after a few years in not uncomfortable quarters. These people played their victims, using what the victims believed were legitimate settlements documents, to deceive and defraud them into making large "investments".

These now-disbarred attorneys, having completed their milds sentences, and soon, their Supervised Release periods, will now be applying to the Florida Bar, to be readmitted to the practice of law. is this wise " These individuals participated in what must be the largest law firm centric Ponzi scheme in American history. What's wrong with this picture ? 

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