Ex-partner of Fla. Ponzi schemer charged


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MIAMI (AP) — A former law partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein has been charged with conspiring to violate federal campaign contribution laws.

Court records show charges were filed Friday against Russell Adler, who was a principal in the now-defunct Fort Lauderdale law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler. The firm was liquidated after Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme was exposed in fall 2009.

Adler is charged with helping orchestrate thousands of dollars in bundled contributions from the firm's employees and attorneys to John McCain's 2008 campaign for president and Charlie Crist's run for the U.S. Senate. The contributions were illegally reimbursed by the law firm.

There is no indication that McCain or Crist knew of the illegal scheme. Adler has consistently denied wrongdoing.

Rothstein is serving a 50-year prison sentence.

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