This lawyer was forging judges’ signatures on order. Not good:
Miami lawyer is facing multiple forgery charges after investigators found he forged the signatures of seven different Broward County and Circuit judges on documents related to civil cases involving structured settlements, according to court records.
Jose Manuel Camacho was arrested in October after Broward County Judges Marina Garcia-Wood and Carlos Rodriguez found their forged signatures on legal documents filed with the clerk of courts.
After the judges complained, Broward Sheriff’s Detective John Calabro interviewed them and five other judges. In all, Camacho, 46, was accused of forging 114 signatures. The other judges were Eileen O’Connor, John Luzzo, John Bowman, Thomas Lynch and Mily Rodriguez Powell.
In structured settlement cases, someone expecting a large payout in installments over a period of time will negotiate a deal with a buyer who agrees to pay a lump sum immediately in exchange for the future payments. Judges have to sign off on the transactions and will reject them if they conclude the original recipient of the payments is not getting a fair deal.
According to an arrest report, Camacho admitted forging the judges’ signatures and filing the orders with the clerk of courts.
The case against Camacho was originally assigned to Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry, but because it involved other judges as victims, Destry recused himself. He asked Broward Chief Administrative Judge Peter Weinstein to have it transferred to another jurisdiction.
The case is now being handled by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ellen Sue Venzner. Assistant Broward State Attorney Ryan Kelley is continuing to prosecute.
This report from Paula McMahon about a lawyer charged in a horrific child porn case:
Broward lawyer, arrested on federal child porn charges, is also accused of abusing two underage girls, according to court records.
David Rothenberg, 47, was arrested Saturday at his Margate home. An undercover investigation revealed he was logging on to a “daddaughtersex” chat room from the Internet protocol address of his Fort Lauderdale law firm and trying to persuade a stranger to let him have sex with her 13-year-old daughter, authorities said.
Rothenberg did not realize he was communicating with an undercover officer for about six weeks.
Authorities said they moved swiftly to arrest Rothenberg on the child porn charges when they found evidence he was sexually abusing a real teenage girl.
When agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI’s taskforce on crimes against children went to arrest him, they uncovered evidence that he was abusing a second underage girl in Broward County, according to the criminal complaint.
Rothenberg, who said he is married but has no children, has not yet indicated if he will fight the charges.