Is Florida the home of the Ponzi scheme. NBC Miami brings in the story of yet another Florida Ponzi schemer who has had his toys seized by federal agents. Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein has not been arrested yet but the IRS has filed documents saying that he has been running a scheme since 2005, swindling hundreds of millions of dollars from investors. The filing says that Rothstein and others created false bank records and created legal settlements that did not exist. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the documents show that Rothstein's clients believed they were buying blocks of structured settlements derived from sexual harassment and labor-related cases in which confidential agreements had been reached. As with other Ponzi schemes new investor money was used to pay previous investors.
Federal agents visited Rothstein's $6.5 million mansion and hauled away his sports car collection and yacht and placed liens on several of his properties. The video from NBC Miami shows flatbed trucks taking away hisRolls-Royce Phantom and Bentley convertible. A red Ferrari was taken from his office and his 80-foot yacht Kimberly, named for his wife was sailed off to a collection agency. So far at least one lawsuit has been filed by investors seeking to get back some of the money they have lost.