- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A former partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein in a now-defunct South Florida law firm has been charged with conspiracy.

Prosecutors filed documents Thursday charging Stuart Rosenfeldt with a crime that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence. The documents claim Rosenfeldt was involved in campaign finance violations and financial irregularities at the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm.

Prosecutors also say Rosenfeldt conspired with law enforcement officers to force a paid female escort to leave the state when her boyfriend threatened to expose their relationship.

Rosenfeldt has denied knowing about Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, which involved investments in fake legal settlements. Court records did not immediately list an attorney for Rosenfeldt.

Rothstein is serving a 50-year prison sentence. The third partner, Russell Adler, previously pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

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