May 8, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Shortly before his 2011 indictment on corruption charges, John Edwards called the elderly heiress whose money helped hide his pregnant mistress and asked for $3 million more, a witness testified Monday at the trial of the former presidential candidate. Librarian Tony L. Willis testified his boss, 101-year-old Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, sought his help in drafting a letter to the politician. Willis said Mellon told him she received a call from Edwards last year seeking $3 million to help him launch the next phase of his life.
April 26, 2012 |
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A cooperating witness testified Wednesday that he crashed a heavy plumber's wrench into the skull and face of a Florida millionaire's mother in an attack planned by the millionaire's wife and her brother. And after he was congratulated on "a good job" in the fatal attack, he was recruited into another plot to attack the millionaire himself, hotel heir Ben Novack Jr., the witness said. Alejandro Garcia, 34, a Nicaraguan illegally in the U.S., testified at the federal murder trial of Philadelphian Cristobal Veliz, 58, and Narcy Novack, 55, of Fort Lauderdale.
February 19, 2012
Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, 90, who built a billion-dollar fortune with her late husband's Argentine cement companies and became a leading art collector, died Saturday in her luxury apartment in Buenos Aires. Ms. Fortabat became one of Argentina's wealthiest women at age 54, when her second husband, Alfredo Fortabat, 27 years her senior, died in 1976. At the time, Argentina had just fallen under a dictatorship with close ties to the country's wealthy business elites, and the Loma Negra cement businesses flourished through government contracts with the military junta.
September 11, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Cliff Robertson, the handsome movie actor who played John F. Kennedy in PT-109 , won an Oscar for Charly , and was famously victimized in a 1977 Hollywood forgery scandal, died Saturday, the day after his 88th birthday, in Stony Brook, N.Y. Mr. Robertson never rose into the top ranks of leading men, but he remained a popular actor from the mid-1950s into the following century. His later roles included kindly Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man movies. He also gained attention for his second marriage to actress and heiress Dina Merrill, daughter of financier E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune and one of the world's richest women.
July 11, 2011 |
A North Carolina woman who posed as the heiress to a fake $2-billion estate was sentenced to five years in federal prison today for her role in an investment scam. Bari Lynn Berger, 68, of Durham, scammed more than 140 investors-including 40 from Philadelphia-of at least $1.6 million from January 2008 to Jan. 2009. Berger pleaded guilty in December to mail and wire fraud. Investors were told Berger was the illegitimate daughter of a billionaire who did not approve of her lifestyle and stipulated in his will that she had to become financially stable and receive necessary medical care in order to be eligible to receive the nest egg. Victims of the scam - often wealthy, elderly individuals interested in get-rich-quick schemes - were told that if they helped Berger, she would repay them with a "gift" from the estate.
May 25, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Huguette Clark, a 104-year-old heiress to a Montana copper fortune who once lived in the largest apartment on New York City's Fifth Avenue, died yesterday at a Manhattan hospital. The reclusive Clark spent the last two decades of her life in New York City hospitals, but Manhattan prosecutors are still pursuing a case over her money and care. "Miss Clark's passing is a sad event for all those who have loved and respected her over the years," her attorney, Wallace Bock, said in a statement.
May 25, 2011
Huguette Clark, 104, the heiress to a Montana copper fortune who once lived in the largest apartment on Fifth Avenue, died Tuesday at a Manhattan hospital even as an investigation continues into how her millions were handled. Ms. Clark spent the last two decades of her life in New York hospitals. She died "with dignity and privacy," her attorney, Wallace Bock, said in a statement. The Manhattan district attorney is looking into claims made by Ms. Clark's family that she was kept isolated from almost everyone except Bock and her accountant and that she might not have understood decisions being made related to her fortune.
May 11, 2011 |
As federal prosecutors tell it, a few days before Christmas 2009, Agnes O'Brien emailed Campbell Soup heiress Mary Alice Malone, for whom she once worked as a personal concierge, cook and confidant. The email was titled "When the Soup Boils. " O'Brien told Malone that she was writing a "work of fiction based on [her] personal experience. " O'Brien allegedly wrote in the email that Maggie (the fictional Agnes O'Brien) was "not willing to be victimized . . . after 30 years of loyal service" and that she hoped that the book would "create a lifelong home and security" for her. She later suggested that Malone could avoid being mentioned in the tell-all book by paying her $250,000 a year for life.
September 23, 2010 |
The super-rich got richer, but not so much in the Philadelphia area, according to Forbes' new list of the wealthiest Americans. No new local names joined the four from last year, and the quartet's estimated collective worth was up less than 3 percent. Nationwide, however, the Forbes 400 Richest Americans saw their portfolios bulge by 8 percent, as the cutoff to join the club rose to $1 billion from $950 million. Microsoft founder Bill Gates was still No. 1, but his wealth rose from $50 billion to $54 billion, while investment mogul Warren Buffett, the runnerup again, didn't close the gap enough, as his fortune went from $40 billion to $45 billion.
August 10, 2010 |
Details of the novel's plot remain unknown, but a Kennett Square caterer thought a Chester County billionaire would pay handsomely to block its publication, authorities said. The reason? The author allegedly promised thinly veiled and unflattering portraits of Mary Alice Malone, a Campbell Soup heiress, and her family. Although federal authorities did not name Malone, details in the indictment against Agnes O'Brien, 54, offered clues to Malone's identity. Calls Monday to Iron Spring Farm, Malone's renowned 1,000-acre horse-breeding operation in the Coatesville area, then generated a response from one of Malone's attorneys in New York City.