Former BSO detective sentenced for role in false arrest

Jeff Poole helped convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein by arresting ex-wife of friend

By Associated Press , Bob Norman - Investigative Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A second former Broward Sheriff's Office detective was sentenced to a year and a day of prison time for falsely arresting a woman as part of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme operated by a disbarred lawyer.

The sentencing hearing Jeff Poole, who pleaded guilty to a civil rights conspiracy charge in May, took place on Thursday.

Poole faced up to 10 years in prison but received a lesser sentence because he cooperated with prosecutors.

Court documents show Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein used high-level contacts in the BSO to have Poole arrest Marcy Romeo Flaster, the ex-wife of one of Rothstein's friends, Doug Bates, on trumped-up drug charges while the couple was in the middle of a bitter custody battle over their 16-year-old son.

"I don't think anyone who knows this case would think that justice is served," Flaster told Local 10 News after the sentencing.

Flaster said she felt victimized all over again.

"I didn't know that this could even happen in our country," Flaster said.

Poole apologized to Flaster in the courtroom and asked the judge to show mercy.

Former BSO Lt. David Benjamin was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for ordering the arrest.

Rothstein is serving 50 years for the scam.

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