October 8, 2015

Former Bank Vice President Pleads Guilty in Connection with Rothstein Case

A former Vice President of TD Bank pled guilty today for his involvement in a wire fraud conspiracy connected to the Rothstein matter.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

Frank Spinosa, 54, of Ft. Lauderdale pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom, in Miami, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. At his sentencing, scheduled for December 18, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., the defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of up to five years in prison.

In 2009, it was discovered that the law firm of Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler, P.A. (RRA) was being utilized by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Scott W. Rothstein, to commit a massive Ponzi scheme stemming from the sale of fictitious confidential settlements. In a written factual stipulation filed in connection with his guilty plea, Spinosa, who, at the time, was a Regional Vice President with TD Bank, admitted that he conspired with Rothstein to induce certain persons into investing money in the confidential settlements through material misstatements by defendant Spinosa. Specifically, Spinosa admitted that he and Rothstein agreed to utilize the prestige and legitimacy of TD Bank, and Spinosa’s position as Regional Vice President, to give investors in the scheme a false sense of security and induce them into investing in the confidential settlements by fraudulently creating a document that made it appear that certain investment funds were being held in a restricted account at TD Bank when, in fact, they were not.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and the FBI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lawrence D. LaVecchio, Paul F. Schwartz, and Jeffrey N. Kaplan.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.