It may be too late for collectors to get their hands on one of Ponzi scheme Scott Rothstein's luxury watches, but they can still get a deal on a Swiss watch owned by a Rothstein buddy.
Pending approval from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Raymond Ray, a $2,500 watch that was a gift from Rothstein to former Broward sheriff's Lt. David Benjamin will be auctioned off on eBay.
Rothstein gave Benjamin the Chopard Miller Migila Gran Turismo XL as well as cash for handling security for him. The two were so close that Benjamin personally escorted Rothstein through the airport when Rothstein headed for Morrocco days before his $1.2 billion scam exploded.
Benjamin has since been demoted from the BSO command staff and was forced to hand over $30,000 and the snazzy watch to Herbert Stettin, the bankruptcy trustee for Rothstein's defunct law firm.
In seeking approval to sell the watch on eBay, Fort Lauderdale attorney Charles Lichtman, who represents Stettin, notes other bankruptcy judges have permitted seized goods to be sold on the Internet.
Rothstein's collection of 262 watches, valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars, was snapped up at two live auctions last year. Now unadorned, Rothstein is serving a 50-year prison sentence for masterminding the scheme from his opulent Fort Lauderdale office at Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler.