FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A second former Broward Sheriff's Office deputy is facing prison time for falsely arresting a woman as part of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme operated by a disbarred lawyer.
A sentencing hearing is set Thursday for Jeff Poole, who pleaded guilty to a civil rights conspiracy charge in May. Poole faces up to 10 years in prison but will likely get less because he cooperated with prosecutors.
Court documents show Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein used high-level contacts in the sheriff's office to have Poole arrest the ex-wife of one of Rothstein's friends on trumped-up drug charges. The friend wanted to use the arrest in a child custody battle.
Former BSO Lt. David Benjamin got five years behind bars for ordering the arrest.
Rothstein is serving 50 years for the scam.