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Heiress kin: We got $murfed!
Estate fight vs. Beth Israel

New York Post, by ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN

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Posted By:FlyRight, 12/2/2012 12:10:29 PM

Call it Operation Smurf.Beth Israel Medical Center honchos plotted to ply heiress Huguette Clark with Smurfs in order to get cash from their wealthiest patient, according to a new court filing obtained by The Post.One hospital official suggested sending the childlike, then-86-year-old recluse a birthday gift of Smurf or Flintstone balloons, noting that “Smurfs are her new favorite cartoon.” Hospital CEO Dr. Robert Newman enlisted his own elderly mother to befriend the aged multimillionaire and visit her hospital room on a daily basis “with the objective of obtaining even more purported gifts,” the papers allege.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 12/2/2012 12:27:27 PM     (No. 9044534)

from various other stories I came to the conclusion that these were ´´kin´´ who seldom visited and who she barely knew. I don´t have a clue what the legal outcome will be, but the relatives certainly appear to be a greedy bunch. You´d think that if they had any long term ´´plans´´ for her money they would at least have shown up occasionally...



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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pete Stone, 12/2/2012 2:02:02 PM     (No. 9044647)

The Clark relatives did show up, but Huguette declined to visit with them. On one occasion, they said, she told them to stand on the street and she would wave to them through a window of her apartment. (This was before she moved permanently to the hospital.)
There are also reports that her lawyer and accountant went out of their way to keep relatives from visiting. I believe there has been at least one lawsuit filed against them, alleging that they enriched themselves to the tune of millions by manipulating her.
Under the circumstances, considering her reclusiveness and the way others reinforced it, I am not surprised that a nonprofit may have been hitting her up for large contributions. (I am 66, and I have been contributing to several charities and colleges for years. In the past couple of years they have begun pestering me to put them in my will. It´s typical of nonprofits to do this.)


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Reply 3 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 12/2/2012 2:32:36 PM     (No. 9044677)

Sounds like the hospital, attorneys and every other crook was trying to take the patients´ money. Makes you wonder about some so-called charitable organizations. I donate to the Salvation Army - only charity I know of where the money is truly used to help the sick and the poor.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: cartcart, 12/2/2012 3:17:59 PM     (No. 9044721)

There are good buzzards and bad buzzards but all of them are buzzards.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trapper, 12/2/2012 3:19:14 PM     (No. 9044725)

Money money money mo-ney ...... mo-ney.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/2/2012 4:57:18 PM     (No. 9044830)

I know nothing about hospital fundraising, but I´m familiar with college/university fundraising, and I can assure you people that the cynicism among those who fundraise, including deans, is pretty bad.

There was an episode of big bang theory where dr. sheldon cooper refuses the request of the university president to go to a reception being held for big donors, and I can´t quote the president, but he was equisitely direct about what a university has to do to keep donors happy.
And by the end of the espisode, Leonard made one cougar donor really happy.
So I don´t see anything that is terribly out of the ordinary with this hospital...










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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/3/2012 4:13:45 AM     (No. 9045294)

What happened to the part about sound mind and body ? I thought she left everything to the nurse Peri.

Really sad when all that money brought her nothing but greedy people. Would they have let her live in the hospital if she were ordinary ? I think not.

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