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Kim Rothstein sentencing contest: Win your own loot!

Can Kim Rothstein’s infamous cache of hidden jewels offer the opportunity to score some loot of your own? Of course -- it's South Florida, right?  

It seems only fitting that there will be elements of black humor and extravagance in the air when  author Chuck Malkus makes an appearance at Cinema Paradiso Tuesday night to promote his book, “The Ultimate Ponzi: The Scott Rothstein Story.”

High on the list of topics for the night will be the imminent sentencing of the Fort Lauderdale schemer’s wife, Kim, who is scheduled to appear in court April 19 to learn her punishment for hiding $1 million worth of jewels from federal authorities investigating her husband’s $1 billion Ponzi scandal.

South Florida being what it is, attendees at Malkus’ book event can take part in a “Kim Rothstein Sentencing Pool,” with prizes for those who come closest to guessing the jail time the court hands down this week. The fun and games begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort  Lauderdale). Admission is $5 and includes light appetizers from the Royal Pig (the name of a pub, not to be confused with Scott Rothstein).

Among the prizes in the Kim Rothstein Sentencing Pool are a two-day stay at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach and a 32” flat-screen Samsung television (both donated by radio station WFTL), with a third prize of a two-night stay at the Beachcomber Resort in Pompano Beach.

On arrival, guests will find a large “Kim Rothstein Board” where they can write in the amount of time they think she’ll get (A day? Five years?) or the possibility that Kim will walk without spending a day in prison. Guests also will complete a paper ballot.

Meanwhile, Malkus will discuss the sordid details of Scott Rothstein’s horrible $1 billion Ponzi scheme, which took the swaggering lawyer to the glittering center of Fort Lauderdale society and duped some of the city’s most accomplished residents.

Info:, 954-760-9898.

Photo: Sun Sentinel file

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