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Rothstein bodyguard hit with $300k clawback suit

By Peter Franceschina
Staff Writer

The former bodyguard for Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein’s wife, Kim, has been hit with a $300,000 clawback suit alleging law firm money went to purchase a Victoria Park condo.

The bankruptcy suit against bodyguard Joe “Meaty” Alu – a former Plantation police officer – alleges that $301,000 was used to purchase the $430,000 condo on NE 5th Court in May 2009, “a mere five months before the Ponzi Scheme was revealed and subsequently exploded.”

In the aftermath of the revelations surrounding Scott Rothstein’s $1.4 billion investment fraud scheme in the fall of 2009, Alu was a constant presence at the side of Kim Rothstein.

He chauffeured her around in a black Cadillac Escalade and stood guard outside the gated Rothstein compound on Isla Bahia, even as Scott Rothstein dropped out of sight and was secretly cooperating with federal prosecutors. He was thrust into the media limelight, with his bulging, tattooed arms and his sometimes pithy quotes.

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And he defended Scott Rothstein, who hired him in September 2008 to protect his wife.

"I don't abandon my friends because they make mistakes,” Alu told the Sun Sentinel earlier this year. "Or I'd have no friends left. He never did anything to hurt me, ever. ... I'm sorry some people led Scott astray to do some bad things. I don't think it's Scott's fault."

Alu said Friday that he has been making monthly mortgage payments, which are being held in escrow by his attorney. He said he is a victim of a dispute between the bankruptcy attorneys and federal prosecutors over Rothstein's assets.

"I don’t care who I pay the money to. They can fight among themselves over the money. I just want to get out of this mess," he said.

He was still working as a Plantation police officer in 2008 when Rothstein hired him to guard his wife, and Alu retired from the force that fall, after a 21-year career. He told the Sun Sentinel he had known Scott Rothstein for 20 years, after they met in Plantation when Rothstein had an office there and represented the police union.

More than two dozen clawback suits have been filed in the bankruptcy case, seeking tens of millions of dollars. The suit against Alu was filed on Thursday.

Rothstein, 48, is still cooperating in the federal investigation and is serving a 50-year prison term in an undisclosed location after helping bring down a reputed Mafia figure.

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BODYGUARD TO KIM????
MORE LIKE STUD SERVICE!
SHE NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED AS A LICENSED REALTOR WHO HANDLED THESE REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS......
TIME UP KIM!

Does this mean the almost four hundred thousand paid to police officers for protection services will also be clawed back?

Hiring city officers for protection raises questions
Attorney hires Fort Lauderdale police to provide round the clock security

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/sfl-rothstein-guards-lauderdale-071009,0,5071826.story

I'll tell you what question it should raise. Why are they the only ones exempt from a clawback?

What about a clawback from the corrupt FLPD Chief Franklin Adderley and the 49 criminal police officers at Fort Lauderdale Police Department that received close to $500000.00 dollars in cash for their bodyguard services. Sgt Greenlaw receiving the monies from the convicted felon Ken Jenne. The cover up by IA Capt Rick Maglione.

Interesting, Alu sues Angela Smith's homeowner's policy after allegedly causing the explosion that killed her daughters with the muzzle flash of his gun, and now gets sued for $300,000. Why hasn't this maniac made Keith Olberman's WORST PERSON TO WALK THE EARTH list?

Bottom line if Mr.Alu was paid for his services through fraudelent funds(money) then he just might have to pay that income back to the victims.As far as Mrs.Rothstein(and I wouldn't broadcast that)She could be tried as a Jount Venture Theory case,although the Feds would have to prove she knew this was a scam from the start,hard to prove.And the Police Dept. might be nexted.It doesn't matter if they had no idea Rothstein was scamming everyone and their mother(get it)

The steroid enhanced maniac Alu, causes destruction, sues innocents for $300,000, get's involved with and supports criminals, and now must meet Lady Karma who is looking over his shoulder. It is about time.

Sorry Joe, you profited from your friends "mistakes" and others got burned. Fork over the condo.

Hiring city officers for protection raises questions
Attorney hires Fort Lauderdale police to provide round the clock security

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/sfl-rothstein-guards-lauderdale-071009,0,5071826.story

I'll tell you what question it should raise. Why are they the only ones exempt from a clawback?

Memory of Anne Marie and Hideko

Actually their deaths were his fault. But his wife at the time decided to spin it into a trip to the white house to meet Clinton and also catapult her own political career.

Neither one of them are worth spit. Him or his wife.

"Whatcha gonna due when they come for you-- BAD BOY--BAD BOY!"

FLPD your next!

That graying DUD was definately not stud service. He was just a wannabee, that wanted those fake boobs of Kim. Alu is a TOTAL SCUMBAG that will lose some of his stolen proceeds from being a wannabe security meathead. Seriously that guy is a GROSS looking steroid popping MORON!!!

How about a clawback on all the graft that the corrupt FLPD Chief Franklin Adderley received besides the free food, booze and women, what about the four hundred thousand dollars cash money that the 49 corrupt Fort Lauderdale Police Officers and Command staff received from a convicted felon Ken Jenne to perform bodyguard services for SWR using the city police vehicles supervised by Sgt Greenlaw. What about the cover up by IA Capt Rick Maglione.

Does this mean the almost four hundred thousand paid to police officers for protection services will also be clawed back?

Posted by: hmmm | December 10, 2010 1:05 PM

Hiring city officers for protection raises questions
Attorney hires Fort Lauderdale police to provide round the clock security

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/sfl-rothstein-guards-lauderdale-071009,0,5071826.story

I'll tell you what question it should raise. Why are they the only ones exempt from a clawback?

Posted by: everybodylovesme | December 10, 2010 1:15 PM

What about a clawback from the corrupt FLPD Chief Franklin Adderley and the 49 criminal police officers at Fort Lauderdale Police Department that received close to $500000.00 dollars in cash for their bodyguard services. Sgt Greenlaw receiving the monies from the convicted felon Ken Jenne. The cover up by IA Capt Rick Maglione.

Posted by: Faux Eleanor Adderley | December 10, 2010 3:41 PM

Interesting, Alu sues Angela Smith's homeowner's policy after allegedly causing the explosion that killed her daughters with the muzzle flash of his gun, and now gets sued for $300,000. Why hasn't this maniac made Keith Olberman's WORST PERSON TO WALK THE EARTH list?

Posted by: Memory of Anne Marie and Hideko | December 10, 2010 3:51 PM

Bottom line if Mr.Alu was paid for his services through fraudelent funds(money) then he just might have to pay that income back to the victims.As far as Mrs.Rothstein(and I wouldn't broadcast that)She could be tried as a Jount Venture Theory case,although the Feds would have to prove she knew this was a scam from the start,hard to prove.And the Police Dept. might be nexted.It doesn't matter if they had no idea Rothstein was scamming everyone and their mother(get it)

Posted by: Police Dept. could be next | December 10, 2010 3:52 PM

The steroid enhanced maniac Alu, causes destruction, sues innocents for $300,000, get's involved with and supports criminals, and now must meet Lady Karma who is looking over his shoulder. It is about time.

Posted by: Memory of Anne Marie and Hideko | December 10, 2010 4:07 PM

Sorry Joe, you profited from your friends "mistakes" and others got burned. Fork over the condo.

Posted by: Scales of Justice | December 10, 2010 4:11 PM

Hiring city officers for protection raises questions
Attorney hires Fort Lauderdale police to provide round the clock security

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/sfl-rothstein-guards-lauderdale-071009,0,5071826.story

I'll tell you what question it should raise. Why are they the only ones exempt from a clawback?

Posted by: TheInvisibleWoman | December 10, 2010 5:12 PM

Memory of Anne Marie and Hideko

Actually their deaths were his fault. But his wife at the time decided to spin it into a trip to the white house to meet Clinton and also catapult her own political career.

Neither one of them are worth spit. Him or his wife.

Posted by: No accountability | December 10, 2010 5:16 PM

"Whatcha gonna due when they come for you-- BAD BOY--BAD BOY!"

FLPD your next!

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | December 10, 2010 5:55 PM

That graying DUD was definately not stud service. He was just a wannabee, that wanted those fake boobs of Kim. Alu is a TOTAL SCUMBAG that will lose some of his stolen proceeds from being a wannabe security meathead. Seriously that guy is a GROSS looking steroid popping MORON!!!

Posted by: SusieM | December 10, 2010 11:38 PM

How about a clawback on all the graft that the corrupt FLPD Chief Franklin Adderley received besides the free food, booze and women, what about the four hundred thousand dollars cash money that the 49 corrupt Fort Lauderdale Police Officers and Command staff received from a convicted felon Ken Jenne to perform bodyguard services for SWR using the city police vehicles supervised by Sgt Greenlaw. What about the cover up by IA Capt Rick Maglione.

Posted by: Faux Eleanor Adderley | December 11, 2010 12:10 AM

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