Kim Rothstein and the missing Ponzi treasure
After Kim Rothstein stole well over $1 million worth of jewelry, Rolex watches, and gold from her husband Scott Rothstein's Ponzi stash, she began to plot how to sell it for cash and keep her actions hidden from the government and the fraud victims who were entitled to it, the feds say.
Part of the plan was to make the government and bankruptcy lawyers believe that her husband had sold a missing 12-carat diamond ring to a man who was now dead and couldn't refute the story. She even went so far as to try to convince Scott Rothstein to back up her story under oath in a round of videotaped depositions he gave in June.
Involved was her best friend, Stacie Weisman, and her personal attorney, Scott Saidel. Weisman's job was to sell the jewelry, including a 12.08 carat yellow diamond ring that she unloaded for $175,000. Saidel's job was to hide the cash in increments under $10,000 in various bank accounts, including his law firm account.
That's what federal prosecutors allege in an information made public yesterday. Weisman sold the diamond ring to Patrick Daoud, owner of Daoud's Fine Jewelry. The feds allege Daoud proceeded to lie in depositions about his role, leading to a perjury charge. Also charged with lying about the plot was Eddy Marin, a convicted cocaine dealer whose job was to unload the jewelry. All can be seen in video above.
The plan, according to the feds, was to claim that Scott Rothstein had sold the ring to a man named Robert Fuchs before his imprisonment. It's not clear if she ever told her husband of the plot -- or whether Scott Rothstein informed the feds of it.
But the diamond ring was only a small part of the treasure -- valued at more than $1 million -- Kim Rothstein allegedly stashed away from the FBI. Here's the list from the feds:
a. One ladies platinum and 18 kt yellow gold fancy colored diamond ring containing one Cut Cornered Rectangular Modified Brilliant center diamond, prong set. Estimated weight 12.08 ct
b. One ladies 12 kt white gold diamond, amethyst and pearl ring containing one rose cut center diamond
c. One ladies platinum and diamond engagement ring containing one radiant cut center diam ond prong set. Estimated weight 12.38 ct. Also containing two shield cut diam onds, prong set
one on each side of the center, with an estim ated 1.40 ct total weight. The ring also contains approximately three hundred round full cut diamonds bead set around the complete ring and shank at an estimated total weight 3.00 ct
d. One ladies platinum and diamond eternity wedding band containing 18 genuine emerald cut diamonds
e. One ladies platinum diamond and ruby bypass style cocktail ring containing sixty-fve round mixed cut diamonds that are pavé set with an estim ated 4.50 ct total w eight. Also containing seventy-three baguette cut rubies that are invisible set with an estim ated 6.00 ct total weight.
One men's 18 kt gold Rolex Datejust watch with a round green Rolex dial. Serial 9321541
g. One ladies 18 kt white gold and diam ond Gerald Genta Octo Limited Collection w atch with round pave dial of black and white diam onds
h. One ladies 18 kt gold and diamond Rolex Mastem Collection watch with mother of pearl dial
i. One ladies stainless steel Chopard Happy Sport watch with a round blue color dial
j. One 18 kt rose gold and diamond Harry Winston Premier Chronograph quartz watch w ith a round black pavé diamond dial, Arabic markers, three sub dials, sapphire crystal, diamond crown and snap down case back
k. One unisex platinum and diam ond Pierre Kllnz automatic watch with a square silver color pavé dial, one sub dial, sapphire crystal and screw down case back w ith exhibition window
1. One ladies 18 kt white gold and diamond rotating spider web cover Piaget watch w ith a round pavé diam ond dial surrounded by black onyx
m. One ladies 18 kt white gold and diamond Rolex President watch with a round pavé dial and blue roman numerical markers, sapphire crystal, screw down crown and case back
n. One ladies 18 kt white gold and diam ond Piaget Limelight Love Letter quarts watch with a V shape m other of pearl dial and twelve diamond markers and sapphire crystal
o. One 18 kt yellow gold diam ond and sapphire Rolex Daytona Cosmograph leopard print watch with a round leopard print dial, three sub dials, diamond markers, sapphire crystal,
three screw down crowns and screw on case back
p. One ladies 18 kt white gold and diamond large cuff bracelet with a concave wave pattern
q. One ladies 18 kt two tone gold fancy colored diamond bracelet containing sixteen yellow color pear shape diamonds
r. One ladies platinum and 18 kt yellow gold fancy colored diamond chandelier style necklace containing one pear shape center diamond
s. One 18 kt white gold diamond and pearl necklace containing 16 baroque Tahitian black pearls.
t. One ladies 18 kt white gold diamond and Tahitian black pearl necklace
u. One ladies 18 kt two tone gold and fancy colored diamond necklace
V. One pair of ladies 18 kt white gold diamond am ethyst and pearl earrings containing two round rose cut center diamonds prong set
w. One pair of ladies platinum diamond and ruby domed shape button earrings;
x. One pair of ladies platinum diam ond and pearl eanings containing two round black/gray Tahitian pearls surrounded by twenty-four round full cut diamonds
y. One pair of ladies 18 kt and platinum and pearl drop earings containing two round full cut center diamonds
z. One pair of platinum and 18 kt yellow gold fancy colored diamond drop earrings containing two oval shape yellow color diamonds, bezel set
aa. Twent-six l-ounce round South African Krugerrand gold coins
bb. Seven l-ounce gold 50 dollar Canadian Maple Leaf coins
dd. Six United States l-ounce 50 dollar Double Eagle coins
ee. Four United States 20 dollar Liberty Head gold coins
Four l-ounce gold 100 dollar Australian Kangaroo coins
Six United States Saint Gaudens 20 dollar gold coins
gg. Five United States 10 dollar Liberty Head gold coins
hh. One l-ounce .999 Fine Gold Chinese Panda coin
ll. Four United States 5 dollar Liberty Head coins
United States 10 dollar Gold Double Eagle Bullion coin
One quarter-ounce South African Krugerrand Bullion coin
Two Gold British Sovereigns
mm. Fifty l-ounce gold bars
nn. One lot consisting of eight sterling silver and enamel assorted David Oscarson fountain and rollerball pens and one outer pen casing
oo. $12,600 in United States Currency seized on July 2, 2012
PP. $2,500 in U.S. currency in the custody of the Internal Revenue Service,
qq. $20,700 in United States Currency stized on July 1, 2012
t1. the contents of Wachovia Bank, N.A. tn/d/b/a W ells Fargo Bank, N.A.) trust account number 91 17668848 in the name of 'I'he Law Office of Scott Saidel, LLC