Fort Lauderdale looks to reform police moonlighting policies after Ponzi ordeal

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:25 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:25 a.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Fort Lauderdale city officials are looking to reform police moonlighting policies in the wake of a disbarred lawyer's case in which officers guarded his empire for six months.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the city doesn't know how much the officers were paid for their off-duty work with Scott Rothstein. The officers negotiate the work themselves and there is no policy preventing police officers from accepting gifts.

Now, city officials say they'll rewrite the rules.

Mayor Jack Seiler says it's unacceptable if it appeared that law enforcement treated certain individuals differently. He says the Rothstein case "brought this issue to the forefront."

Rothstein is to plead guilty Wednesday to charges of operating a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

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