Italian woman accused of looting mother's fortune now holed up in New York City condo
An Italian woman who fled a jail sentence for swiping her dying mother’s $15 million fortune is now holed up in a Trump Tower condo surrounded by heaps of stolen diamonds, antiques and artwork, according to legal papers in a nasty, trans-Atlantic estate battle.
High-rolling fugitive Susetta Mion carted a ton of her mother Renata Forti’s luxury goods across the ocean in August 2007 after she had been sentenced by an Italian judge for thievery, according to filings in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court.
Now Mion’s niece, Boston-based immigration attorney Micol Mion Gordon, 34, is fighting her in US and Italian courts, alleging “surreptitious and unlawful looting” of the estate.
“She ruthlessly misappropriated for her own use and enjoyment her mother’s substantial assets, thereby leaving Renata Forti — a formerly wealthy woman — destitute in her final days,” the legal papers claim.
In January, Surrogate’s Justice Nora Anderson granted Gordon temporary control over the estate, but in a follow-up ruling this month Anderson noted Mion has been refusing to comply with court orders for information about her inheritance.
Before Forti, heir to a textile fortune, died in Milan at age 85 in 2008, Mion allegedly raided her mother’s safes and bank accounts.
In a letter Forti wrote shortly before her death, dated “Christmas 2006,” she railed against Mion.
“Return all my fur coats which you sneaked out of my closet while I was out. Put back all my jewels in my safe, which you emptied out. Affix back on my walls my paintings which you have taken down,” she ordered.
“You have threatened to leave me alone without means to sustain myself.”
Via: Fox News