Wednesday, December 26, 2012
THE FLORIDA BAR
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300
Timothy “Chaz” Stevens
PO Box 1123
Deerfield Beach, FL 33443
Dear Sir or Madam:
I hereby file a complaint with your office alleging Boca Raton, Florida based attorney Scott Saidel violated the following Rules of Professional Conduct:
Rule 4-1.2 Scope of Representation
(d) Criminal or Fraudulent Conduct
A lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is criminal or fraudulent. However, a lawyer may discuss the legal consequences of any proposed course of conduct with a client and may counsel or assist a client to make a good faith effort to determine the validity, scope, meaning, or application of the law.
(e) Limitation on Lawyer’s Conduct
When a lawyer knows or reasonably should know that a client expects assistance not permitted by the Rules of Professional Conduct or by law, the lawyer shall consult with the client regarding the relevant limitations on the lawyer’s conduct.
In support of this allegation, I offer the following information.
According to a published report (Sept. 12, 2012) in the ABA Journal, Disbarred Lawyer Scott Rothstein’s Wife Charged with Trying to Keep Feds From Seizing $1M in Jewelry,
Kimberly Wendell Rothstein had nothing to do with the $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme orchestrated by her husband, disbarred Florida attorney Scott Rothstein, her lawyer says.
But the 38-year-old does take “full responsibility,” states attorney David K. Tucker, for her actions related to the federal obstruction conspiracy case announced last week against Kim Rothstein and four other individuals, reports Bloomberg.
Attorney Scott Saidel, 45, also is charged in the case, with a single count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Saidel is accused, along with a friend of Kim Rothstein’s, of helping her stash some jewelry and planning to sell it and urge Scott Rothstein to lie about it in an then-upcoming deposition that wound up being canceled.
I therefore respectfully demand that your agency thoroughly investigates my allegations and to the extent permitted by State or local law or regulations, any and all penalties, sanctions, or other disciplinary actions for violations of such standards be applied forthwith.
Timothy “Chaz” Stevens