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Ex-NY Senator Alfonse D’Amato’s Claim Denied In Florida Ponzi Scheme

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Former U.S. Senator Alphonse D'Amato (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Bryan Cave LLP)

Former U.S. Senator Alphonse D’Amato (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Bryan Cave LLP)

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has denied a $1 million claim by former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato of New York in a case arising from a massive Florida Ponzi scheme.

D’Amato had sought the money because he invested in a fund that, in turn, had invested in disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein’s legal settlements operation. Those settlements turned out to be faked and the $1.2 billion scam imploded in fall 2009.

The trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm objected to D’Amato’s claim. The bankruptcy judge sustained the objection on Tuesday.

D’Amato, a Republican, was a senator from New York from 1981 to 1999.

Rothstein is serving a 50-year prison sentence. His wife and several associates have been charged in one of South Florida’s largest-ever fraud cases.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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