Indicted South Florida lawyer racked up 20 million credit card points


Scott Rothstein
Scott Rothstein

In this July 27, 2009 photo, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attorney Scott Rothstein is shown in his office. Rothstein agreed Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2009 to plead guilty later this month to charges arising from an alleged Ponzi scheme that cheated thousands of investors out of $1.2 billion.

Charles Trainor Jr., The Miami Herald/The Associat
Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:48 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:48 a.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A disgraced South Florida lawyer apparently took to heart American Express' slogan to "Never leave home without it."

Court records show Scott Rothstein racked up 20 million reward points on his American Express account. Cardholders typically receive one point for every dollar spent.

Federal authorities want to use that money to pay back victims of Rothstein's alleged $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

The once-prominent attorney agreed last week to enter a guilty plea later this month. A grand jury has handed down a five-count indictment charging Rothstein with racketeering, conspiracy and fraud. The alleged scheme, in which investors would buy into bogus legal settlements, ran from 2005 to 2009.

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