- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida attorney has been sentenced to five years in prison after she was convicted for playing a role in Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion fraud scam.

A federal judge in West Palm Beach imposed the sentence Tuesday on Christina Kitterman. She was convicted in February of three wire fraud counts, each of which carried a potential 20-year prison sentence.

Trial testimony showed that Rothstein asked Kitterman to pose as a Florida Bar official in a conference call with nervous investors. The Ponzi scheme involved investments in fake legal settlements. Kitterman’s lawyer says she was unaware of the Ponzi scheme.

Kitterman is the only one of about 20 people charged in the fraud case to go to trial. Rothstein is serving a 50-year prison sentence after pleading guilty.

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