Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley isn't answering reporters' questions anymore about his relationship with Scott Rothstein. The FBI is investigating the relationship between Adderley's department and Rothstein, the disbarred lawyer in federal jail facing life in prison for a $1 billion Ponzi scheme. Adderley has said he paid for his own Dolphins tickets for games he attended with Rothstein and his own meals at Bova, Rothstein's restaurant.
The city's Office of Professional Standards is conducting its own investigation including Adderley's role in responding to a traffic crash involving Rothstein buddy cigar shop owner Moe Sohail. City officials have not responded to questions about whether Adderley has agreed to turn over his cell phone records which may reveal whether Rothstein summonded the chief to the accident scene.
Adderley issued a written statement today which does not address any of the allegations about him and Rothstein.
"As the Police Chief and a life long resident of the City of Fort Lauderdale, I associate and have developed relationships with a diverse group of individuals throughout the City including business and community leaders, various religious organizations, homeowners and residents. It is an important aspect of my position and it is through those contacts that I developed a friendly relationship with Scott Rothstein. Like many people I was surprised to learn about the criminal allegations. If I had known or suspected that Scott Rothstein was taking part in illegal activity; I would have initiated an investigation and certainly would not have associated with him.
Since the discovery of the Scott Rothstein Ponzi Scheme, this agency has fully cooperated with and will continue to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the City’s Office of Professional Standards (OPS). The outcome of their reviews will address many of the questions raised by the media, but until those reviews are complete it would be inappropriate for me to do so.
I assure the citizens that the Fort Lauderdale Police Department will continue to deliver a high level of professional service to our community."