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Ex-Partner Of Ponzi Schemer Pleads Guilty

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former law partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein has pleaded guilty to charges of violating federal campaign finance laws.

The plea came Friday by 52-year-old Russell Adler at a brief hearing in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

Prosecutors say Adler helped orchestrate thousands of dollars in bundled contributions from the now-defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm’s employees and attorneys to John McCain’s 2008 campaign for president and Charlie Crist’s run in 2010 for the U.S. Senate. Authorities say the contributions were illegally reimbursed by the law firm.

Adler faces a maximum of five years in prison at a June 27 sentencing.

Rothstein is serving 50 years behind bars for a $1.2 billion scam involving investments in fake legal settlements. More than a dozen others have also been convicted.

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