Prosecution alleges Hardwick spent stolen millions on jets, gambling, women
IF a prosecutor’s claims are correct, real estate attorney Nathan ‘Nat’ Hardwick found incredibly lavish ways to spend millions of dollars he is accused of stealing and embezzling from his law partners and PGA Tour golfer and Coastal Carolina alumnus Dustin Johnson.
According to reporting on the trial by Meredith Hobbs of Law. com, the alleged spending included $18.47 million on gambling, private jet travel and women from 2011 through August 2014. The prosecution submitted two binders of documentation as evidence that Hardwick spent $4.39 million on “female social companions,” including one testifying witness who claimed to have met him through SugarDaddy.com.
Hardwick’s trial is ongoing in Atlanta on multiple charges including fraud and conspiracy in connection with his alleged theft of approximately $26 million from the accounts of Morris
Hardwick Schneider and the af- The prosecution has rested its case.
Johnson, 33, filed a lawsuit against Hardwick, partners Mark Wittstadt and brother Gerard Wittstadt, and their Atlanta-based law
a settlement in 2016.
Johnson initially claimed in the suit that the defendants conspired to bilk him of $3 million with a fabricated story about an investment opportunity to actually cover shortages in the operating and trust accounts
The shortages were allegedly caused by misappropriations.
Johnson, who described Hard- primary advisers in his pro golf career, amended his suit to claim he believed Hardwick was used as a “pawn” by the Wittstadts to scam him of the $3 million.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2015, and Johnson reached a settlement for at least $2 million that had to be approved by the bankruptcy court.
Hardwick, 53, was arrested by federal authorities in February 2016 along with Asha Maurya, the former controller for Morris Hardwick Schneider’s residential real estate closing side who was named as a coconspirator. Maurya pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud last year and is cooperating with the government.
She has admitted to stealing $900,000 from the firm. Hardwick’s defense team, led by Ed Garland of Garland Samuel & Loeb, has argued that Maurya is the culprit. Garland said in court that Maurya defrauded companies she worked for before joining the ambulance company that hired
Hardwick is charged with 24 counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and making
- tutions, and faces up to 34 years in prison if convicted.
According to Law.com articles, prosecutor J. Russell Phillips alleges Hardwick spent nearly $4 million on three women -- Julia Olivares, ex-
she met Hardwick online in 2008 via SugarDaddy.com.
Corcoran testified that Hardwick arranged private jet charters for her trips to Disney World and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., gave her a credit card to use and gifts including a car, clothes, shoes and makeup. She said the last time she saw Hardwick was in 2014 in New Orleans, where he left her about $1,500 in cash at the hotel desk when she arrived and gave her another $10,000 in cash before she left.
Other alleged expenditures described in testimony include more than $7 million at casinos, more than $3 million with a bookie, $680,000 for a luxury condo at The St. Regis Atlanta, $273,000 on a diamond ring for Inman, $186,000 on a deposit for a party on a private island, and $635,000 on a trip to
buddies that included a customized jet and round at St. Andrews.
Phillips alleges these expenditures were made despite Hardwick showing a negative bank account balance in 2010.
Over seven days of prosecution testimony, the government called, among others, Hardwick’s former equity partners Art Morris and Mark Wittstadt, bookies, Corcoran, an FBI investigator and several of Hardwick’s personal bankers and creditors to testify that he lied to them about his outstanding legal judgments and other liabilities.
The company he joined this year suggests he just might. Johnson recently completed his 11th season on the PGA Tour, winning three times during the 2017-18 season to align himself with some of the biggest names in the sport’s history.
Johnson has 19 career PGA Tour wins, which ties him for 38th all time with Ben Crenshaw, Ernie Els, Doug Ford, Hubert Green and