Here's another case that illustrates how even fringe figures, far removed from a Ponzi scheme, end up being charged, when a Ponzi scheme implodes. Patrick Daoud, a prominent Fort Lauderdale jeweler entered a guilty plea to a single count of Obstruction of Justice, in US District Court recently; Daoud lied under oath, when being deposed in a bankruptcy proceeding of the law firm of convicted $1.3bn Ponzi schemer/attorney Scott Rothstein, now serving 50 years for his crimes.
A close friend of Mrs. Rothstein (now also doing time), Stacie Weisman*, quietly sold a 12.08k yellow diamond, that belonged the Rothsteins, to Daoud, who claims he did not know who the true owner was. When called to testify, at a deposition, about the diamond, Daoud committed perjury, by denying any part in the sale of the diamond. Daoud was sentenced to ten months of Home Confinement (house arrest), and two years of Probation.
* Ms. Weisman was herself sentenced to three month in jail, nine months of Home Confinement, and three years of Supervised Release, for her part in this attempt to sell the diamond covertly, and out from under the Trustee, who was accumulating assets, to repay the victims.