A scheming newlywed husband duped his wealthy Manhattan bride into withdrawing $744,000 from her trust fund to pay off his supposed gambling debts to mobsters when in reality he lavished the money on his New Jersey mistress, the scorned wife alleges in a stunning lawsuit against the duo.
“Steven Lalicata was stealing the money to live a double life,” Candice Feinberg, 39, claims in her $10.7 million Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit against her estranged hubby and his lover.
Earlier this month Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh refused to let the alleged mistress, Englewood, NJ resident Diana Fernandez, out of the case.
Fernandez, 30, a Bank of America employee who allegedly boasted of Lalicata’s fellatio skills in a text to his wife, according to the suit, had pleaded ignorance about her boyfriend’s scheme to the judge.
But Judge Singh didn’t buy her story, finding that the facts of the case “are clearly sufficient” to show that Fernandez played a role in the elaborate ruse.
The scheme started shortly after Feinberg, a divorced mother, married Lalicata, who had been working at Beach Bum Tanning Salon on the Upper West Side [what could possibly go wrong? – Ed] in March 2011.
Shortly after he said “I do” Lalicata allegedly conspired with a cousin and a friend to concoct “an elaborate scheme to steal large sums of money” from Feinberg.
After Lalicata claimed that the Howard Beach gangsters were threatening to hurt him, his wife dipped into her trust fund to bail him out.
Feinberg is the daughter of retired garment industry executive Herbert Feinberg who is credited with inventing seamless panties.