Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Miami lawyer Lewis Freeman stole $1.5 million from the Hess Kennedy receivership. During Freeman’s change of plea hearing in Miami federal court, the prosecutor told the judge that Freeman unsuccessfully attempted to steal the money. The Review apologizes for the error. In addition, Hess Kennedy receiver Daniel Stermer was not available for comment by deadline as the article was being prepared for publication Wednesday. Richard Rosenbaum with Arnstein & Lehr in Fort Lauderdale, an attorney for Stermer, said Thursday that at no time has Stermer been implicated in Freeman’s wrongdoing. “Stermer is not a target nor a subject” of the Freeman investigation, Rosenbaum said. “He is at most a mere witness.”

Lewis Freeman made some desperate phone calls to friends and family last August.

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