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Rothstein trustee to RPOF: Pay us $237k

The Republican Party of Florida was sued today in federal bankruptcy court by Berger Singerman, the law firm working on behalf of the trustee in the bankruptcy case related to the former law firm of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

The lawsuit seeks repayment of $237,000 in money that the now defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm paid to RPOF between 2006 and 2009. The law firm received no legitimate benefit from the political donations, according to the lawsuit.

In April, Berger Singerman sent demand letters to RPOF and dozens of other political groups, politicians and candidates seeking about $650,000. RPOF is the first to be sued, but may not be the last, says Berger Singerman lawyer Chuck Lichtman.

"There are clearly some campaign contributions that are stale in the sense that accounts were lawfully closed which makes it problematc to sue those people. Some accounts are too small and don't merit it from a dollars and cents standpoint," Lichtman said. "There are some PACS that no longer exist. There are some potential defendants that we are still seriously looking at and might well sue shortly."

In November, the RPOF voluntarily returned $90,000 from Rothstein, Rosenfeld and Adler, $40,000 from Scott Rothstein and $5,000 from WAWW from our state account and an additional $10,000 from Scott Rothstein from our federal account to the U.S. Marshal Service to ensure that the victims of these crime are properly compensated. The law firm is currently attempting a double recovery of these funds.

We alerted RPOF spokeswoman Katie Betta who wrote us back a response:

"In November, the RPOF voluntarily returned $90,000 from Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler, $40,000 from Scott Rothstein and $5,000 from WAWW [a Scott Rothstein company] from our state account and an additional $10,000 from Scott Rothstein from our federal account to the U.S. Marshal Service to ensure that the victims of these crime are properly compensated. The law firm is currently attempting a double recovery of these funds."


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Deja vu

No attempt to determine if previous money returned was applied?

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