Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attorney Scott Rothstein’s meteoric rise in the South Florida legal and political worlds ended over Halloween weekend with the revelation that investors claim he stole in excess of $200 million.

The money is tied to a side business started by Rothstein, a major Republican fundraiser and philanthropist, that offered structured settlements, which converts a lump sum award to installments for tax and cost-of-living reasons.

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