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Rothstein: Rumors of my demise exaggerated

Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein, who returned from a trip to Morocco last week to face a federal fraud investigation, said he was in good spirits Sunday.

``I am sitting here smoking cigars with Marc,'' Rothstein said in a brief interview Sunday afternoon with The Miami Herald, referring to his attorney Marc Nurik. ``Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. I'm doing pretty good.''

Rothstein, 47, has been accused by investors in an alleged Ponzi scheme of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars and by his law partners of crippling their firm, Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler.