Estate of Denial news clips (6/17/16)

Fmr. Slave Theater owner’s administrator hit with arrest warrant (NY)

New York Daily News

June 9, 2016

An arrest warrant has been issued for the nephew-in-law of Judge John Phillips for his failure to turn over documents regarding the late judge’s estate, the Daily News has learned.

Last month, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office indicted attorney Frank Racano for looting the estate that held over $1 million from the sale of Phillips’ properties in Bedford-Stuyvesant.


Was lottery winner poisoned with cyanide? (IL)

Toronto Sun

June 10, 2016

CHICAGO — With his departure from office this week, a county medical examiner leaves behind a beguiling mystery set in motion more than three years ago with his sensational declaration that a Chicago businessman who had just won a US$1 million lottery prize was poisoned by cyanide.

Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina’s finding that Urooj Khan’s death was a homicide led to the exhumation of his body, divided his family and drew flocks of international reporters to Chicago to cover the story.


City Hall accuses Forbes of improper spending (ME)


June 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — The city has formally responded to a court complaint from the leaders of Forbes Library, shedding new light on Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s questions about the way library leaders spend taxpayer money.

“Since taking office in January 2012, the Mayor has become increasingly concerned about aspects of both the appropriation process for Forbes Library and the manner in which repairs are effectuated,” City Solicitor Alan Seewald wrote to the court in a Thursday filing. “The mayor, as the elected representative of the City’s taxpayers who fund the lion’s share of the Library budget, has also become concerned that the Library is not complying with open government laws that assure transparency in the expenditure of public funds.”


Puzzling cliffhanger in case of a poisoned Chicago lottery winner (IL)

Chicago Tribune

June 11, 2016

The sister of a Chicago businessman who authorities say was poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery four years ago said Saturday that police have done nothing to solve the case.

Meraj Khan took exception to a statement police provided to The Associated Press on Friday that said the probe into Urooj Khan’s death remains “very much an open and active investigation.” She said the detective in charge of the case has told relatives over the years that he’s too busy with other things to even answer their phone inquiries seeking updates.


Elderly people tricked out of money and possessions, Victoria’s State Trustees warns (AU)

Herald Sun

June 13, 2016

SWINDLERS are preying on vulnerable elderly people, tricking them out of money and possessions, the state’s public trustee warns.

As many as 21 per cent of Victorians have experienced someone taking advantage of a vulnerable family member or close friend to benefit from their will or take items after they die, research commissioned by State Trustees shows.