Miami Beach socialite Baroness Beatrice Clancy, who married 86-year-old philanthropist Sanford Ziff six months after the death of his wife, allegedly talked an ailing ex-boyfriend into spending millions on her!
At least, thatâ€™s what the representatives of the estate of deceased millionaire developer Bernard Schoninger claimed in the recently-settled seven-year administration of his will, according to Miami-Dade County records.
â€œIt was very a upsetting time,â€ said Jane Schoninger, the developerâ€™s daughter, when asked about Clancy.
Clancy, 68, and Ziff made news last month when he admitted to mulling over changing his dead wife Doloresâ€™ name into Beatriceâ€™s on the Arsht Centerâ€™s Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House â€” angering Doloresâ€™ children.
Meanwhile Schoninger, who built thousands of homes and several malls in Hialeah, gave his three adult children $100,000 each, and each of his eight grand-children $140,000.Clancy inherited $1.2 million!
But itâ€™s mostly what Clancy got during his lifetime that riled up the estateâ€™s reps, and they sued her in 2004 for undue influence.
As Schoningerâ€™s health failed â€“ he died of lung cancer in 2003, at 90 â€“ Clancy controlled Schoningerâ€™s vast assets and allegedly had him transfer $1.5 million to an annuity with her as sole beneficiary. Clancy â€œabused Schoningerâ€™s trust â€¦ coerced him into conveying millions of dollars to her â€¦ with his credit cards, department-store charge cards and bank accounts,â€ the suit reads. It also calls Clancy “a mistress.”
A source close to the case said Clancy repaid the estate $350,000. Guy Lewis, Clancyâ€™s attorney, didnâ€™t return calls for comment butÂ denied the allegations in his legal answer. And he bristled at the term â€œmistress,â€ calling it â€œsexist and demeaning.â€
Clancy didnâ€™t return calls. Said Ziff: â€œI donâ€™t know anything about the lawsuit. But I know that my wife is the most generous, caring and giving person I ever met.â€