On Stand Scott Rothstein Admits To Romantic Relationship With Christina Kitterman
Disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein, who organized a $1.2 billion Ponzi scam, said on the witness stand Thursday that he and a lawyer on trial altered a client's file to avoid a legal malpractice suit.
Rothstein, who is serving a 50-year prison sentence, said he and defendant Christina Kitterman doctored the file to make it look like work had been performed for Automatic Slims, a Fort Lauderdale restaurant and bar that has since closed.
"I lied for her," said Rothstein, who said he and his former employee at Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler had both a romantic and "quid pro quo" relationship.
Kitterman, who now practices in Boca Raton, worked for Rothstein's one-time powerful Fort Lauderdale law firm that went under when Rothstein's settlement financing fraud imploded in October 2009.
She faces three federal wire fraud conspiracy counts for allegedly pretending to be a Florida Bar investigator to help Rothstein keep money flowing in from New York hedge funds. Rothstein testified Kitterman's impersonation in April 2009 allowed the Ponzi scheme to survive until the fall.
Rothstein, a defense witness who was at times combative with defense attorney Valentin Rodriguez, indicated Kitterman was more than willing to break the law or act unethically.
Rodriguez asked Rothstein how he could verify his accusations since there was no malpractice lawsuit or Florida Bar complaint from the owner of Automatic Slims.
Kitterman was "in on the game," Rothstein said. "She was at meetings where we discussed illegality."
He said she also helped him illegally funnel a campaign contribution to U.S. Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.
Rothstein testified he showered Kitterman with perks, such as access to his luxury box on the 50-yard line at Miami Dolphins games and his exclusive parties.