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New gal ‘stole’ kids $1.5M inheritance: ex (NY)

A high-powered Manhattan trial lawyer expertly juggled his addiction to cocaine, booze and hookers with a lucrative career — but he was no match for his scheming lover, his ex-wife says. The woman convinced party-boy Proskauer partner Harry Goldsmith to marry her as he lay dying of pancreatic cancer — then brought a team of Keep Reading…

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Caregiver’s $700K theft shakes elder advocates (IA)

A forensic accountant’s report earlier this year showed what friends of a now-deceased 88-year-old Eldora man had been reporting to authorities for years: A caregiver had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from his savings. The elderly man, James Curtis Ruby, was a former printer’s assistant for a local paper and had lived frugally his Keep Reading…

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Belfast lawyer accused of exploiting elderly clients indicted by grand jury (ME)

BELFAST, Maine — A Belfast lawyer accused last year of financially exploiting two elderly clients was indicted by the Waldo County grand jury on charges of theft and misuse of entrusted property on Thursday. Last October, the Waldo County Probate Court removed two elderly women from the control of William L. Dawson, 60, who had Keep Reading…

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Benihana heirs try to stop stepmom from wasting inheritance (NY)

The children of the founder of Benihana steakhouses landed a $50 million inheritance, but they say their stepmother is blowing it by peddling cheesy gimmicks — including a spatula-wielding, tableside dance duo called the Beni Girls. Model Devon Aoki and her DJ brother, Steven Aoki — children of eccentric late restaurateur Rocky Aoki — won Keep Reading…

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This man had $75K legally stolen from him by a sheriff’s deputy

Ming Ton Liu’s story highlights the problems with civil asset forfeiture. Liu, a Chinese-born American citizen, had $75,195 seized from him by a sheriff’s deputy at a traffic stop last year—and he was never charged with any crime. Using civil asset forfeiture, law enforcement officials can seize cash or other property they believe is related Keep Reading…

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Eliot Spitzer to inherit millions more than siblings in dad’s will (NY)

Scandal-scarred former Gov. Eliot Spitzer was favored by his real-estate-titan father — who gave him millions more in his will than he left to his other two children, and who also appointed him executor of his $500 million estate. Spitzer, who resigned office in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, was left 10 percent of his Keep Reading…

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Attorney arrested for taking money from estates (FL)

MARIANNA — Police have arrested a Marianna attorney on charges he collected at least $41,000 while transferring trust funds from multiple estates to their heirs, according to a Marianna Police Department report. A warrant was served on attorney Thayer Mervin Marts, 79, at his Tallahassee office Monday where he was arrested and charged with grand Keep Reading…

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James Brown’s martial status plays role in estate battle (SC)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) — It’s been a big year for James Brown. Deals for the Godfather of Soul’s life have been inked on everything from movies to books. However, another deal is in the works and it has to do with Soul Brother Number One’s estate and the last woman he married. Before marrying James Keep Reading…

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Maurice Sendak’s rare book collection is subject of new lawsuit

Maurice Sendak was the author of the beloved children’s books “Where the Wild Things Are,” “In the Night Kitchen,” “Chicken Soup with Rice” and many more. The author and illustrator, who could be delightfully gruff (see his not-safe-for-work interview with Stephen Colbert), passed away in 2012 at age 84. In his will, he directed his Keep Reading…

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$1B Doris Duke fortune managed by a once-bankrupt lawyer

The $1 billion fortune left by tobacco heiress Doris Duke is now in the hands of a once-bankrupt lawyer who lost at least $4.5 million of clients’ money in a business venture and has ties to a convicted Ponzi schemer, The Post has learned. Utah attorney Billie Crocker of Utah was named conservator of the Keep Reading…

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Anthony Marshall, convicted of looting mother Brooke Astor’s fortune, dead at 90: lawyer

Anthony Marshall, who plundered his mother Brooke Astor’s fortune and forced the beloved philanthropist to spend her final years languishing on a urine-stained couch, is dead at age 90. Marshall, who suffered from Parkinson’s and congestive heart failure, died early Sunday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, his defense attorney Ken Warner said Monday. In a paid Keep Reading…

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Judge refuses to dismiss Schend ex-client’s claim (WI)

APPLETON – An Outagamie County judge refused Monday to dismiss a case seeking retribution for alleged thefts and frauds by former Appleton guardian Jeffrey M. Schend. Judge Mitchell Metropulos said that despite the insurance company’s claim it is not liable for the losses, the penniless victim deserves his day in court. “The reasons we have Keep Reading…

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Paterno estate gets green light to proceed with subpoenas of Penn State investigator Louis Freeh

In what looks like another key turn in the battle for facts about the foundation of Penn State’s Freeh Report, a Potter County judge has ordered former FBI Director Louis Freeh to start complying with former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno’s heirs’ requests for its raw materials. The ruling by Judge John B. Leete Keep Reading…

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More twists in heirs’ battle over Steinbeck works

San Jose >> The plot has thickened in the ongoing legal battle to determine who controls the estate of literary giant John Steinbeck. The latest tousle between the author’s heirs began two weeks ago, when two federal lawsuits were filed within three days. One, by Steinbeck’s biological descendants, seeks to have the estate of Steinbeck’s Keep Reading…

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Amanda Bynes’ mother cedes part of daughter’s conservatorship to private trust firm

Amanda Bynes’ mother has agreed to adjust a financial portion of the conservatorship that she was granted over her daughter, who recently appeared to acknowledge having mental-health issues. David Esquibias, Amanda Bynes’ conservatorship attorney, told “Access Hollywood” that while Lynn Bynes will remain conservator for her daughter’s estate, she will work with a private trust Keep Reading…

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