Gar­dens woman ac­cused of bit­ing her fu­ture ex will avoid time in jail

The Palm Beach Post - - MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS - By Eliot Klein­berg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ek­lein­berg@pb­ Twit­ter: @eliotkpbp

WEST PALM BEACH — Natalia Mogilevsky, a player in a mil­lion-dol­lar dis­pute be­tween her es­tranged hus­band and mother, is ex­pected to spend no time in jail on charges that she bit him in Novem­ber at their Bal­lenisles Coun­try Club home in Palm Beach Gar­dens.

In front of Palm Beach County Cir­cuit Court Judge De­bra Moses Stephen son Tues­day, Mogilevsky agreed to pre­trial di­ver­sion on the first-de­gree mis­de­meanor do­mes­tic bat­tery charge. The 39-yearold mother of two could have gone to jail for a year.

She is in­volved in a fed­eral le­gal bat­tle over mil­lions in prop­er­ties that her hus­band, Ilia Mogilevsky, 40, is al­leged to have stolen from her mother. The Mogilevskys are im­mi­grants from Rus­sia.

On Jan. 16, lawyers for Ilia Mogilevsky’s mother-in-law, Ta­mara Filip­pova of eastern Siberia, filed a 21-count law­suit in U.S. District Court.

Cit­ing the fed­eral Civil Rack­e­teer In­flu­enced and Cor­rupt Or­ga­ni­za­tions Act, the suit claims Ilia Mogilevsky, in col­lu­sion with lo­cal busi­ness part­ners, lawyers, no­taries public and oth­ers also named as de­fen­dants, de­frauded Filip­pova out of more than $8 mil­lion by forg­ing doc­u­ments to move dozens of Florida prop­er­ties to his name from hers.

Lawyers for Ilia Mogilevsky, in a “mo­tion to dis­miss” filed Feb. 6 in U.S. District Court, called the 158-page law­suit “base­less.”

Filip­pova lawyer Gary Rosen has said he in­tends to for­ward all his find­ings about al­leged mis­do­ings by Ilia Mogilevsky to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice for pos­si­ble crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions. And while Filip­pova’s suit lists Natalia Mogilevsky as a de­fen­dant, and al­leges she helped her hus­band mis­lead her mother, Rosen has said Natalia “was duped by Ilia.”

Stu­art Ka­plan, the at­tor­ney who rep­re­sents Natalia Mogilevsky in her do­mes­tic-bat­tery case, has said she plans to coun­ter­sue her hus­band in fed­eral court.

Natalia and Ilia Mogilevsky filed for divorce Nov. 2. On Nov. 11, Natalia was ar­rested, charged with bit­ing her hus­band’s wrist in front of the cou­ple’s chil­dren, then 12 and 3.

At the time of his client’s ar­rest, Ka­plan said the two fought be­cause Ilia Mogilevsky had taken Natalia’s cell­phones, ob­tained bank ac­count pass­words from them and cleaned out the cou­ple’s ac­counts of $110,000.

In the deal struck Tues­day, Natalia Mogilevsky does not make a for­mal plea, but pros­e­cu­tors agree to drop the charges if she at­tends eight hours of anger-man­age­ment classes, pays $50 in court fees and oth­er­wise stays out of trou­ble, de­fense at­tor­ney El­iz­a­beth Parker said.


Natalia Mogilevsky ap­pears Tues­day at the Palm Beach County Court­house.

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