Scott Rothstein Takes Witness Stand In Trial Of Former Employee

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Scott Rothstein
Scott Rothstein

Looking trim and fit, Scott Rothstein testified Wednesday at the federal trial of a former colleague at his fraud-ridden Fort Lauderdale law firm on subjects ranging from political influence with former Gov. Charlie Christ to romantic affairs.

It was the first time Rothstein has appeared in public to testify since a civil deposition in 2012, and he did not disappoint.

In a blue-collared shirt and jeans, a relaxed Rothstein reiterated his earlier statements that the other name partners at his firm, Stuart Rosenfeldt and Russell Adler, a TD Bank official and a South Florida hedge fund manager, knew about his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

None of them has been charged in the settlement financing fraud that used forged judges' signatures.

Rothstein, who is serving a 50-year prison sentence, is testifying for the defense in the trial of Boca Raton attorney Christina Kitterman, who worked at RRA before it collapsed in October 2009. He was taken out of turn on the third day of her wire fraud conspiracy trial because of costs associated with his security.

Kitterman is accused of pretending to be a Florida Bar official in a phone call with Rothstein's investors to keep money flowing from New York hedge funds.

Kitterman's attorneys, Val Rodriguez and Peter Feldman, maintain she never identified herself as a Florida Bar attorney but joined a conference call after Rothstein introduced her.

Officials with Platinum Partners LLC said the woman they spoke to backed up Rothstein's lie that he was under investigation by The Florida Bar.

Kitterman is accused of pretending to be Adria Quintela, an investigator in The Florida Bar's Fort Lauderdale office.

Rothstein testified Kitterman knew she was pretending to be Quintela and would be lying on the phone to Platinum president Ari Glass about 26 fictitious bar complaints.

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