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In this episode, retired agent Richard Stout and investigative journalist Bob Norman review the case against Scott Rothstein, who convinced hundreds of wealthy investors to pay millions of dollars for fake legal settlements in the fourth largest Ponzi scheme in US history.
In addition to economic fraud, the case also covered other illegal activities, including bank fraud, public corruption, organized crime, illegal campaign contributions, and pay-to-play politics. The case resulted in the arrest and prosecution of 30 individuals. Stout and Norman are working together on A Great Fall, their upcoming true crime book and series about Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.
Special Agent (Retired)
10/1997 – 4/2019
“It’s a case of greed running amok. This guy’s fall went from flamboyant attorney, to FBI cooperator, to criminal informant, and the implosion of a $2 billion Ponzi scheme.”—Retired Agent Richard Stout
Richard Stout served in the FBI for 22 years and specialized in public corruption cases in the FBI Miami Division office.
He created the South Florida Public Corruption Task Force and directed multiple complex investigations in that role. As an FBI SWAT team member, he was deployed around the world and while assigned to the counter-terrorism program, served overseas in the effort against ISIS. Stout spent the later part of his career as a tech agent. He is currently the CEO and Managing Director for Stout Security Consultants, a physical and information security risk-management company specializing in the detection of technical surveillance devices/hazards.
Bob Norman is freelance journalist serving as news director for the Florida Center for Government Accountability.
He’s also a contributing writer for Columbia Journalism Review, Miami New Times, and the Washingtonian. His work has led to the indictments of several corrupt politicians and the removal of bad-acting judges from the bench. Norman has won dozens of journalism awards, including the Livingston Award for national reporting, and was featured in several documentary films and television shows, Frontline, American Greed, CNN, and Investigation Discovery among them.
The following are links to new articles about Scott Rothstein and his $2 billion Ponzi scheme:
CNBC American Greed (VIDEO) – Episode 42: $1.2 Billion Scam: Ft. Frauderdale
Business Insider – 1/2012: 10 brilliant business insights from Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein
Business Insider – 11/2009: Scott Rothstein Kept Personal Stripper At The Ritz-Carlton In Ft. Lauderdale
ABCNews – 6/2010: Scott Rothstein Gets 50 Years In $1.2 Billion Ponzi Scheme
Sun Sentinel – 2/2018: Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein reveals new details of undercover work in fight with feds
Forbes – 10/2014: On Fifth Anniversary Of Rothstein’s $1.2 Billion Ponzi Scheme, Questions Remain
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