Monday, October 28, 2013

How Low Can You Go?

by Gary Snyder

He crippled his own nonprofit mental health organization, the Albert Ellis Institute, by embezzling $2.5 million. Jeffrey Bernstein was slapped with an up to 10-year jail sentence last fall for the theft.

Now his daughter, Nassau County resident Erica Bernstein, is suing him for racking up $24,000 on her American Express card and convincing her to cash in $25,000 in stocks. He never returned the money, according to the suit.

The disgruntled daughter believes her deadbeat dad is good for the money because he’s set to inherit a big chunk of a friend’s $1 million estate.

A Queens man named Ronald Goldfinger left his East 69th Street apartment, a Patek Phillippe watch, and a third of his personal property to his friend Bernstein, according to a copy of the will filed in the Manhattan suit.
Erica wants the court to force her dad to repay her $54,000 through the bequests.

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