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Former American football star Warren Sapp, some of the nation’s biggest banks and tax collectors from Florida to Rhode Island are laying claim to a piece of the collapsed empire of disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to operating a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn began sorting through the claims Friday, including one from the bankruptcy trustee for Rothstein’s defunct law firm who says more than $469 million is being sought by investors and creditors. Cohn said he hoped to settle the claims — a list of 46 expected to quickly grow larger — by the end of August.

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