Billion-dollar Ponzi scheme ends with 50-year prison term 04/07/2016 4:54 pm PDT Comments A man who appeared to have it all -- fancy cars, million-dollar houses, you name it -- was also living a billion-dollar lie. He's partied with Donald Trump, posed with political heavyweights and rolled big in a celebrity entourage. Scott Rothstein had the Midas Touch. "He says, 'Congratulations. You're a millionaire,'" said Rothstein's one-time best friend, Stephen Caputi. Rothstein is a self-made golden boy with big connections and money to burn. "We did whatever we wanted to do whenever we wanted to do it," said Caputi Rothstein was a generous friend who spent his millions as fast as he could earn them. "It was absolute piles and piles of cash," said Stephen Caputi. But his billion-dollar house of cards was a stacked deck -- and when it came crashing down, he would bury his closest friends along with him. #Scams Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.