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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Judge Sentences Bucks County Investment Advisor To Four Years For Embezzlement Scheme

PHILADELPHIA - David Rothman, 50, of Richboro, Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday to 48 months in prison for wire fraud and money laundering.  Rothman was the Vice-President of Rothman Securities, Inc. (“RSI”), an investment brokerage firm in Southampton, Pennsylvania. Between January 2007 and February 2012, Rothman embezzled from a 92 year-old RSI client and several beneficial trusts for which he was a named trustee. He used the money for personal expenses and to pay his family, his friends, and other clients to whom he provided falsely inflated investment statements.  Rothman created bogus documents and cover stories to mask his fraud and lull victims and clients into a false sense of security.  Rothman, a graduate of Penn State University whose annual salary was $600,000 in 2011, pleaded guilty to the two counts on March 26, 2013.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Berle M. Schiller ordered three years of supervised release and restitution of $505,831.09.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vineet Gauri.

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