In 2009, Judge Stettin disclosed $900,000 of income for fees as a mediator, arbitrator, and special master. However, he did not disclose any information about what entities or persons paid him that money.
When the issue of Stettin’s conduct was raised in the Fourth District Court of Appeal (on which Stettin has served) the complaining parties brief was actually stricken, something which virtually never happens in a Florida Court. The brief was then removed from the public docket and the complaining party was not even allowed to argue the issue in an open court.
Judge Stettin is expected to make millions of dollars in fees as a result of his appointment as Trustee for the estate of Ponzi scheme artist Scott Rothstein. Federal Officials have warned that such fees might have a heavy toll on the funds available for the fraud victims.
Judge Herbert Stettin has filed false sworn financial and gift disclosures with the State of Florida since 1999 that failed to properly disclose the sources of millions of dollars in payments and the activity of his sole proprietorship law firm, Hebert Stettin P.A.
Herbert Stettin has been an appointed Judge, with all the powers of an elected Judge, since 1999. The only election that Stettin has even won was in 1976, as a judge for a four year term. However, he "resigned" to return to a more lucrative private practice before his first term was complete.