Another Rothstein player heading to federal prison

His crime: conspiring to sell Kim Rothstein's jewelry — including a dazzling 12.08-carat yellow diamond — purchased by her husband, imprisoned Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

His punishment: 10 months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release.

Eddy Marin's sentence was handed down shortly before noon Friday by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra in a federal courtroom in West Palm Beach.

"I'm asking for mercy, please," Marin, a convicted felon and father of three from Davie, said before the sentencing. "I know I did a lot of things bad. I paid my price. I promise you I will never be in front of you again for any reason. My kids, my little guys, are the ones who are going to suffer the most."


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His wife, Kim Marin, also appealed for mercy, telling the court her husband is a loving and generous father and son to their ailing parents.

"He's not this horrible person [the government] has made him out to be," she said before bursting into tears. "I know he looks bad on paper. But he has a heart of gold."

Marin, 52, will not appeal his sentence, said attorney Michael Entin.

"This has been a hard thing for him and his family," said Entin, who urged the court to consider sentencing his client to a halfway house instead of prison. "He just wants to serve the time and get this behind him."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence LaVecchio argued that Marin should be incarcerated based on his long criminal history and the fact that he was paid more than $170,000 to help sell the Rothstein contraband.

"That's not chump change," LaVecchio said.

LaVecchio listed Marin's prior run-ins with the law, including a 1990 trafficking conviction that landed him in prison for 57 months and a money laundering case in 2000 that got him a one-year sentence.

Marin must surrender by May 23 to serve his time.

His legal troubles, however, are far from over.

In December, Marin was charged along with more than a dozen others of selling bogus stock and siphoning about $4 million in a nationwide scam that extended to Canada.

He is scheduled to appear May 8 in Broward Circuit Court on the racketeering charges.

Marin, a boxing promoter dubbed the "king of spammers" more than a decade ago for his prolific spam-email campaigns, pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to obstruct justice in the Rothstein jewel case.

He admitted to taking an active role in the conspiracy – along with Kim Rothstein, her friend Stacie Weisman and Rothstein's former lawyer Scott Saidel – to hide more than $1 million in Rothstein trinkets, including the massive yellow diamond that cost Scott Rothstein $400,000 in 2008.

Marin admitted to helping sell some of the jewelry and lying about it when he testified under oath in the bankruptcy case of the Rothstein law firm.

Scott Rothstein, arrested in late 2009 for masterminding a $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme, is serving a 50-year sentence at an undisclosed location.

Kim Rothstein is serving an 18-month sentence after admitting that she plotted to hide the family jewelry from federal authorities and bankruptcy trustees as they seized her husband's assets.

Her now-disbarred former lawyer Scott Saidel was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the conspiracy.

Weisman got three months.

A second businessman caught up in the yellow diamond case — longtime jeweler Patrick Daoud — awaits sentencing in April.

Daoud, the owner of Daoud's Fine Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale, bought the yellow diamond for $175,000 from Rothstein's friend Weisman, not realizing the identity of the ring's owner.

He found out during a deposition, but lied about buying it.

He returned the ring to Weisman in June 2012, later pleading guilty to obstruction of justice charges in October.

Daoud's sentencing has been set for April 11.

Prosecutors are not recommending jail time, but 10 months of house arrest and two years of supervised release.

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