Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein had drinks on the town at the request of federal investigators to hide that he was working for them after his arrest, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.
Cooperation could have gotten Rothstein a break on his 50-year prison sentence, but prosecutors said earlier this week he had lied to them and doesn’t deserve a reduction.
Rothstein pleaded guilty to several federal charges after his Ponzi scheme imploded during the Halloween weekend in October 2009. The now-disbarred lawyer was caught operating a $1.4 billion fraud at his Fort Lauderdale law firm offices.
On Jan. 20, 2010, Rothstein agreed to testify for the prosecution and go undercover if requested by investigators, according to the document. He’d voluntarily returned to Florida from Morocco.