‘It’s all about money, re­ally,’ says lawyer for wife

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The An­hangs be­lieveMs. Vasquez fled to Italy af­ter the­mur­der.

“You ex­pect that if your hus­band or your wife gets killed, that you would be lead­ing all the ef­forts to find out who killed your hus­band or your wife.

“That would be the log­i­cal thing,” said Luis. G. Rul­lan, the lawyer rep­re­sent­ing Mr. An­hang’s par­ents. “What she did was ex­actly the op­po­site. She fled.”

Their law­suit also claims Mr. An­hang was “mis­led” about the terms of the cou­ple’s prenup­tial agree­ment. The doc­u­ment over­es­ti­mated Mr. An­hang’s worth at close to US$25-mil­lion, saidMr. Rul­lan, who de­clined to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails about Mr. An­hang’s fi­nances.

The al­le­ga­tions against Ms. Vasquez have not been proven in court and she is not fac­ing crim­i­nal charges. Luis R. Rivera, the lawyer rep­re­sent­ing Ms. Vasquez in her claim against the An­hangs, says she was not in­volved in her hus­band’s mur­der.

“She al­most got killed her­self,” Mr. Rivera said. Mr. An­hang’s par­ents are try­ing to pre­vent her from in­her­it­ing a share of his es­tate. “It’s all about money, re­ally.”

The tourist dis­trict of Old San Juan is so closely mon­i­tored by po­lice that it would not be a good place to stage a mur­der, Mr. Rivera added.

Mr. An­hang’s ca­reer took him around the world. He climbed Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, and went on an ex­otic scuba div­ing trip nearly ev­ery year. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the pres­ti­gious Whar­ton School of Busi­ness in Penn­syl­va­nia, he worked for real es­tate firms in New York, then struck out on his own, act­ing as a con­sul­tant to turn around com­pa­nies in trou­ble.

“Adam was born to be a busi­ness­man. He brought a brief­case with him to kinder­garten,” his younger sis­ter, Becky An­hang Price, said dur­ing her eu­logy.

“He ran his own busi­ness sell­ing greet­ing cards out of his univer­sity dorm room.”

While liv­ing in New York in 1997, he mar­ried a class­mate, but the union was short-lived be­cause his first wife was un­faith­ful, said Roberto M. Ca­cho, the young en­tre­pre­neur’s friend and busi­ness part­ner in Puerto Rico.

Mr. An­hang moved to Puerto Rico in 2004 to be closer to his mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar real es­tate deal­ings there. He met Ms. Vasquez while he was in a bar with Mr. Ca­cho.

Ms. Vasquez had lived in San Juan’s projects and was once a con­tes­tant in theMiss Puerto Rico Pe­tite com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr. Ca­cho said Mr. An­hang “des­per­ately wanted to be loved” and did not know what he was get­ting him­self into.

“She was def­i­nitely look­ing for some­one like Adam to take over her prob­lems, which were all fi­nan­cial in na­ture,” Mr. Ca­cho said.

“He ac­cepted that role from the very be­gin­ning.”

The cou­ple were mar­ried in front of a judge in March, 2005. But ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments filed by Mr. An­hang’s fam­ily, their re­la­tion­ship soured within a month be­cause he learned his wife had been un­faith­ful and that he had been mis­led about the prenup­tial agree­ment.

In­deed, Mr. An­hang did not re­veal his mar­riage to some of his close friends, said Yoav Leeran, a Whar­ton class­mate liv­ing in Tel Aviv.

“I did not know that they were mar­ried un­til he was mur­dered. He kept it to him­self, even though we spoke af­ter he mar­ried her, ap­par­ently,” Mr. Leeran said. “My ex­pla­na­tion is I guess he un­der­stood the mis­take he made the minute hemade it.”

Mr. An­hang spent six months try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate the terms of their di­vorce. Ms. Vasquez de­manded her hus­band pur­chase the US$1.3-mil­lion home they rented in an exclusive San Juan neigh­bour­hood and give it to her, Mr. An­hang’s par­ents claim.

For her part, Ms. Vasquez al­leges she is en­ti­tled to 50% of Mr. An­hang’s cap­i­tal. She is also de­mand­ing US$3,500 a month in sup­port pay­ments, as well as US$3,000 a month for med­i­cal ex­penses. Ms. Vasquez claims she was so com­mit­ted to her hus­band that she was study­ing Ju­daism in or­der to con­vert to his fam­ily’s re­li­gion. His par­ents, how­ever, dis­pute that claim.

The vic­tim’s friend, Mr. Leeran, says he hopes jus­tice will pre­vail.

“In a very unique way, he af­fected the lives of peo­ple who knew him,” Mr. Leeran said.

“He was a pretty young guy who hung around pow­er­ful, tal­ented, sig­nif­i­cant peo­ple, and still proved to the peo­ple around him that be­ing hu­mane and very pro­fes­sional could co­ex­ist.”

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