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Mr Heathen
November 5th, 2007, 06:15 PM
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Miami-Dade judge on Thursday will hear the tale of a South Florida
woman, her ex-husband and a barroom opportunist mired in a legal battle
over a $28.5 million lottery jackpot.
Circuit Judge David Miller is expected to rule whether to seal the
1997 settlement agreement between Bernice Heslop and her ex-husband,
Ernest Moore Jr.
Heslop, 62, won the Florida Lotto in 1995, when she and Moore had
been separated for five years. She quickly divorced him and then
quietly claimed the money.
Moore was clueless about his ex-wife's riches for two years, until
another man, Marvel Rodriguez, told him about what Heslop had done.
In exchange, Moore agreed to give Rodriguez 35 percent of whatever money Moore recovered from his ex-wife.
But now Rodriguez is suing Moore, claiming Moore owes him 35 percent
of the original $300,000 windfall, plus 35 percent of the income taxes
Heslop paid on Moore's behalf, with interest.
Lawyers on both sides will argue at 8:30 a.m. Thursday about whether
to keep the 1997 settlement between Moore and Heslop public or to seal
it.

Source: miamiherald.com (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/274123.html)



When Bernice Heslop opened the paper that Sunday in 1995 and saw the six Lotto numbers, her first thought must have been: ”I can’t believe it. I’m RICH!” And then, the evidence suggests, another thought formed, something like: “Hmmmm . . . no need to tell the hubby about this.” ”This case has money, greed and betrayal,” said attorney Richard Lara, whose law firm is representing the third party, the barroom bystander with rabbit ears. “All the elements of a soap opera.”
Instead of claiming her win right away, Heslop tucked the ticket away in a safe-deposit box and called her lawyer. She wanted a divorce, fast.
The divorce was finalized on Feb. 1, 1996. The next day, Heslop flew to Tallahassee and quietly claimed the prize for her and her kids. She was in and out of the lottery headquarters in minutes — no posing for photographs, no press interviews.
Heslop would be paid $1,426,000 a year for 20 years. Her ex husband Ernest Moore Jr. had no idea what was happening.
Moore agreed to the terms of the divorce — no child support or alimony payments — and the two went their separate ways.
Within weeks, Moore remarried a woman nicknamed Toots. And for the next two years, Moore had no idea his ex-wife had become a millionaire.
”Maybe he was living under a rock,” Baldwin said.
That’s where Rodriguez came in.
As the story goes in court files and published reports, Rodriguez was sitting in a bar one day in 1997. He overheard someone talking about a Miami-Dade woman who tricked her husband out of her lottery money by divorcing him before he found out.
Rodriguez — a part-time bouncer and martial-arts instructor — did some homework, realized the person was talking about Heslop and set out to find her ex-husband.
When Rodriguez caught up with Moore, he already had a crude contract drawn up, which states: “I, Marvel Rodriguez, received some information concerning money owed to Mr. Earnest [sic] Moore.”
Rodriguez demanded 35 percent of any money Moore recovered.
Moore agreed to those terms in a notarized contract.
In 1997, Moore sued his ex-wife, and in 2000 they settled out of court.
In the settlement, Moore received a lump-sum payment of $300,000, plus $57,000 a year for 15 years. His ex-wife was also required to pay any taxes.
Heslop has paid $57,000 annually to Moore, who in turn has paid Rodriguez his cut: $19,950.
The settlement terms were kept confidential, but Rodriguez’s attorney said his client always suspected he wasn’t getting his share. In August, a judge ordered Moore’s attorney to disclose the settlement agreement to Rodriguez.
Now Rodriguez says Moore owes him 35 percent of the original $300,000 windfall — about $175,000 including interest — plus 35 percent of the income taxes Heslop paid on Moore’s behalf.
Moore’s attorney, Alphonso Peets, also a defendant in the suit, declined to comment.
Heslop, 62, a Jamaican-born former nurse’s aide, lives in a gated Pembroke Pines development in a two-story lakeside home valued at $670,000.
Her ex-husband, Moore, 55, rents an apartment in South Miami-Dade, near the noisy Florida’s Turnpike and South Dixie Highway.
Rodriguez, 51, owns a place in North Miami-Dade with cracked windows and chipped paint near Dolphin Stadium.

Mr Heathen
November 6th, 2007, 06:40 AM
tumbleweed bump

SpringsRebel
November 6th, 2007, 12:57 PM
lol....:shame:

Mr Heathen
November 6th, 2007, 01:04 PM
i stiill cyant believe dis spanish dude actually do his homework
chase down the x husband AND actually find him

SweeTnEss3
November 6th, 2007, 01:43 PM
Da damn bar owner damn greedy

SahWah
November 6th, 2007, 06:05 PM
My boy play Sherlock Holmes and had a "rough contract" drawn up before hand. Talk bout ingenuity....:laugh:

Mr Heathen
November 19th, 2007, 08:01 AM
Now a trini get lotto burned

I knew I should have been more friendly to her when I see her out a road :)



Wife's at a loss to find husband after he wins the lottery

A former beauty queen is suing her airline-mechanic husband, claiming he tried to hide his lottery jackpot from her.

Posted on Mon, Nov. 19, 2007

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Donna Campbell, seen here with her lawyer, Bruce Baldwin, is suing her husband over a lottery fortune. Campbell's husband is an American Airlines mechanic who recently hit the Florida lotto jackpot with a pool of a fellow employees at MIA.
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The clues trickled in that Donna Campbell's husband was hiding something from her.
Arnim Ramdass started to keep the television off at all times, then he disconnected their phone line. But the ah-ha! moment came when Campbell thumbed through the mail at their Miramar house and saw a postcard: Congratulations on the purchase of your new home.
Campbell, knowing her husband was a habitual lottery player, fired up her computer and Googled ``Ramdass and lotto.''
The first hit was a Florida Lottery press release about a pool of 17 airline mechanics who won a $19 million jackpot this summer.
''Here's a guy who for years has spent marital money on the lottery and at casinos, and he's always lost,'' said Bruce Baldwin, Campbell's attorney. ``And now he finally wins, and he's trying to keep it from his wife. That's pretty low.''
Campbell is suing her husband for her share of the jackpot.
Campbell, 47, is a former skin-cream model and runner-up at the 1979 Miss Trinidad and Tobago beauty pageant.
She and Ramdass, 51, an American Airlines mechanic at Miami International Airport, married in 2005, about five years after their romance began.
For as long as she's known him, Campbell said Ramdass and his co-workers pooled their money every Wednesday and Friday for the twice-weekly Lotto drawings. On June 20, they collected $220 and sent one of the workers to a Pinecrest Kwik Stop to buy tickets.
They let the computer pick the numbers, as always. One of the tickets matched all six numbers -- 6, 31, 34, 44, 45, 49 -- and the group of blue-collar airport workers suddenly saw a lot of green.
''I can go to work with a smile on my face,'' Arnim Richardson, another one of the winners, told a television news crew two days after the drawing. They caught up with Richardson at the Kwik Stop -- he had returned to buy more tickets.
But in the Campbell-Ramdass home, there were no smiles, only silence. Ramdass didn't say a word to his wife about his good fortune.
''He kept the televisions off and disconnected the phone line,'' Campbell said. ``He didn't want anyone calling and talking about the lottery.''
After the postcard showed up in the mail, Campbell confronted Ramdass.
'I said, `Do you have any news you want to share with me?' '' Campbell recalled. 'He said, `No. What are you talking about?' I said, 'The lottery.' ''
Cornered, Ramdass explained that he bought the ticket for his daughter Janelle, from another marriage, who lives in Orlando. But that story didn't fly with Campbell.
''He had been buying those tickets for years, and he never, ever said one of them was for her,'' Campbell said.
The group of mechanics opted for the lump-sum payment of $10.2 million, meaning each of the 17 winners would receive about $600,000 before taxes.
But Ramdass is nowhere to be found. His co-workers say he has taken a leave of absence from work (an American Airlines spokesman would not confirm, citing employee privacy). He has not shown up at the couple's middle-class home in Miramar's Silver Lakes neighborhood. Process servers have not been able to track down Ramdass to hand him the lawsuit papers, according to Campbell's attorney.
Attempts to reach Ramdass' 24-year-old daughter in Orlando were unsuccessful despite messages left at her home and on her cellphone. Other members of the winning group of mechanics did not return messages for comment.
The saga is similar to a fight another South Florida couple is still having over a 1995 Lotto jackpot.
In that case, Bernice Heslop of Pembroke Pines won $28 million but kept it a secret from her estranged husband. She quickly filed for divorce and cashed in her winning ticket the day after their split was finalized.
But Heslop's ex-husband, Ernest Moore Jr., eventually found out about her scheme -- from a man who overheard the story in a bar. Moore sued Heslop for a cut of the money, which he agreed to share with the bar patron, Marvel Rodriguez. Rodriguez recently filed a lawsuit against Moore, claiming he hasn't been paying as much as he was promised. Baldwin, of the Mase and Lara law firm, is representing Rodriguez in that case.
The attorney picked up a new client after Campbell read about that lottery fight in The Miami Herald.
Campbell said she needs her husband's lottery winnings to help pay bills and support herself.
''Right now, all I want is justice,'' she said. ``With time, I will file for divorce.''
Miami Herald staff writer Ani Martinez contributed to this report.
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Mr Heathen
November 20th, 2007, 02:18 PM
i dunno why she say she cant find him
we all know he in trinidad living like a king

Glamz
May 16th, 2008, 07:14 AM
MIAMI - <IBS_LINK id=16274914 target="inline" owner="ami" externallocation="251757" type="video" source="NBCVideo"></IBS_LINK>A South Florida woman is suing her husband over $600,000 in Lotto winnings. Donna Campbell said her husband, Arnim Ramdass, an American Airlines mechanic won the Lotto and never told her. She said she eventually found out because of congratulatory mailings that were sent to their Miramar home.
Campbell is suing Ramdass, saying the $20 he used to buy the winning ticket at a Pinecrest gas station was a product of the married couple, therefore the couple should share in the winnings.
Ramdass was not in court on Thursday. His attorney, Luis Lugaz, said Campbell's claim was not a proper lawsuit.

The judge dismissed the case because of a technicality, but will allow Campbell to re-file the suit using different legal language.
Campbell's attorney, Bruce Baldwin, said his client's argument is clear.
"The husband used his wages to participate in the lottery. Wages are something that she clearly has an interest in," Baldwin said.
The case will remain in civil court. Baldwin said he would rework the complaint and file the suit again in the next couple of days.
Campbell, who lives in the couple's home, said she has not seen or heard from her husband in months.


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Brownilus
May 16th, 2008, 07:28 AM
I saw news bout this a long time ago...man try duck har an get weh. LMAO. Mi read seh him all turn off di house phone suh nuhbody couldn call di house...what a ting eeh man...

madkidz
May 16th, 2008, 07:51 AM
^ Which thread subscribtion brought you back this time. :dwl

Mr Heathen
May 16th, 2008, 08:20 AM
and now i dont even see her in the clubs no more :(


MIAMI - <IBS_LINK id=16274914 target="inline" source="NBCVideo" type="video" externallocation="251757" owner="ami"></IBS_LINK>A South Florida woman is suing her husband over $600,000 in Lotto winnings. Donna Campbell said her husband, Arnim Ramdass, an American Airlines mechanic won the Lotto and never told her. She said she eventually found out because of congratulatory mailings that were sent to their Miramar home.
Campbell is suing Ramdass, saying the $20 he used to buy the winning ticket at a Pinecrest gas station was a product of the married couple, therefore the couple should share in the winnings.
Ramdass was not in court on Thursday. His attorney, Luis Lugaz, said Campbell's claim was not a proper lawsuit.

The judge dismissed the case because of a technicality, but will allow Campbell to re-file the suit using different legal language.
Campbell's attorney, Bruce Baldwin, said his client's argument is clear.
"The husband used his wages to participate in the lottery. Wages are something that she clearly has an interest in," Baldwin said.
The case will remain in civil court. Baldwin said he would rework the complaint and file the suit again in the next couple of days.
Campbell, who lives in the couple's home, said she has not seen or heard from her husband in months.


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VincieGyal
May 16th, 2008, 08:26 AM
:laugh:

my girl ent letting dat one slide boy!

vi_till_i_die
May 16th, 2008, 11:16 AM
So they married and she suing for money! Ratid idiot ah say! She definately doan need to be married.

vi_till_i_die
May 16th, 2008, 11:17 AM
and the beat goes on :shame: