Judge won't reduce 50-year prison sentence for Scott Rothstein

Prosecutors say Ponzi schemer provided false information to government

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A federal judge won't reduce a 50-year prison sentence for a former South Florida lawyer convicted of orchestrating a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

U.S. District Judge James Cohn granted a federal prosecutor's motion Monday to withdraw an earlier offer to reduce Scott Rothstein's sentence. Prosecutors said Rothstein failed to comply with his plea agreement by providing false information to the government.

Rothstein's attorney had said in court documents filed in February that Rothstein cooperated extensively with prosecutors after returning voluntarily from Morocco in 2009. More than two dozen people were convicted in the Fort Lauderdale-based scam. The papers said Rothstein also helped convict a Mafia gangster and corrupt law enforcement officers.

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty in 2010 to running a massive fraud scheme revolving around investments in phony court settlements.

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