Taxi King’s estranged wife sold ‘stolen’ chandeliers for just $13K

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    http://nypost.com/2015/11/28/taxi-kings-estranged-wife-sold-stolen-chandeliers-for-just-13k/

    Taxi King’s estranged wife sold ‘stolen’ chandeliers for just $13K

    By Rebecca Rosenberg
    November 28, 2015 | 12:05am
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    Gene Freidman claims estranged wife Sandra (right) stole a chandelier and another from their townhouse. Photo: Steven Hirsch


    The estranged wife of city “taxi king” Gene Freidman sold two crystal chandeliers — said to be worth a total of more than $300,000 — for a paltry $13,000 after allegedly swiping them from their Upper East Side town house, court papers show.

    “I was simply seeking to monetize the limited assets that accrued to me pursuant to our prenuptial agreement,” Sandra Freidman, 25, said in a Manhattan Supreme Court affidavit.

    In their divorce settlement, Sandra gets a $5 million payout, $31,000 a month in support and the contents of their Versailles-style house on East 65th Street.

    She admits in court papers to selling the Baccarat light fixtures for $13,000 to a Russian investor who lives in Great Neck, LI.

    Gene has claimed she stole the chandeliers, but she argues they belonged to her under their prenup, which entitles her to the contents of their marital home.

    She also claims they’re worth only about $13,000 based on estimates from the Upper East Side auction house Doyle New York.

    But Gene’s lawyer, Rhonda Ores, said the Doyle estimates do not take into account that the fixtures were part of Baccarat’s “iconic Zenith collection and were both 48-light chandeliers.”

    The clear crystal chandelier retails for $147,600 on Baccarat’s Web site, Ores said.

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    The other, in “clair de rouge,” sells for $192,700, according to Baccarat consultant Ramina Raiford, the papers say.

    Gene wants Sandra held in contempt of court for the alleged theft, which also included wall sconces and other light fixtures. He said their removal left unsightly exposed wiring throughout his 4,000-square-foot home.

    His lawyers argue that light fixtures are not part of the home’s contents and want the value of the “stolen” property deducted from her settlement.

    A contract of sale reveals that Sandra sold 14 other items, including a “pair of gold and marble cigarette side tables” and a “gilded gold Louis XVI mirror” for $25,930 to businessman Michael Vasinkevich.

    In the papers, Sandra claims Gene has hired private investigators to follow her.

    In August, Gene copped to harassment as part of a plea deal for allegedly slamming Sandra into a wall weeks before she filed for divorce.

    The pair are battling over custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Leyla.

    Gene, who owns 900 taxi medallions, more than anyone in the city, has recently seen his fortune plummet due to competition from livery apps like Uber.

    He filed for bankruptcy to protect some of his medallions and creditors have threatened to seize others for defaulting on millions of dollars in loans.
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    Taxi King’s estranged wife must pay for chandeliers she sold
    By Rebecca Rosenberg
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    Sandra Friedman and Gene Freidman Photo: Steven Hirsch ; Brian Zak



    The estranged wife of “taxi king” Gene Freidman sold two Baccarat chandeliers out from under him for a song and must now pay up, a Manhattan judge has ruled.

    Sandra Freidman, 25, took the two pricey crystal fixtures and peddled them when she moved out of the couple’s $6.2 million luxury home on East 65th Street last year, court papers allege.

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    One of the chandeliers Gene Freidman claims his estranged wife, Sandra, stole.
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    The “ornate statement pieces” were worth $300,000, but Sandra sold them for $13,000, the papers state.

    Sandra argued that the chandeliers belonged to her under the pair’s prenup, which entitled her to the contents of their home.

    But Supreme Court Justice Tandra Dawson sided with Gene, 45, stating in her decision, “The court finds that the chandeliers were fixtures and should have remained attached to the town house.”

    The judge ordered that the value of the chandeliers be deducted from the $5 million lump sum that Sandra is owed under the prenupial agreement.

    Gene owns approximately 900 taxi medallions, more than anyone else in the city.
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    Always sign a prenup, which she did.

    As a woman, I disagree with the judge's decision.

    “The court finds that the chandeliers were fixtures and should have remained attached to the town house.”
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    http://nypost.com/2016/12/30/taxi-king-must-cough-up-46-cabs-medallions-to-pay-off-debts/

    ‘Taxi King’ must cough up 46 cabs, medallions to pay off debts
    By Danielle Furfaro and Lia Eustachewich
    December 30, 2016 | 3:52pm | Updated December 30, 2016 | 4:31pm

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    Embattled city “Taxi King” Gene Freidman must hand over 46 of his taxis — and the ultra-lucrative medallions that go with them — to pay off creditors, a judge has ruled.

    Freidman, who owes money to everyone from the state and city to a former landlord who evicted him, must turn over the cars and medallions by Jan. 9, said US Bankruptcy Judge Carla Craig.

    “This strikes me as a crisis that Mr. Freidman has created,” Craig said during an emergency hearing this week.
    “I don’t have much sympathy with Mr. Freidman in this situation,” she said.

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    The judge warned that Freidman will be held in contempt of court and possibly jailed if he doesn’t do what she ordered.

    Freidman, who manages more than 800 taxis in New York City, has been on a downward spiral in the past two years.

    The state attorney general’s office appointed a trustee to oversee his businesses earlier this year, saying he can’t be trusted to run them himself. Also, his landlord evicted him from his longtime business offices, and his wife sued him for divorce.
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    http://nypost.com/2017/02/08/dont-f-k-with-me-taxi-king-accused-of-threatening-business-partner/

    ‘Don’t f–k with me’: Taxi King accused of threatening business partner
    By Shawn Cohen, Rebecca Rosenberg and Danielle Furfaro
    February 8, 2017 | 5:45pm | Updated February 8, 2017 | 9:53pm

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    Trouble-plagued city “Taxi King” Gene Freidman is facing harassment charges for allegedly telling a former business partner “Don’t f–k with me!” cops said Wednesday.

    Freidman — who has been in a downward spiral of debt, divorce and lawsuits — allegedly made the remark during a phone call last month to Savas Tsitiridis, who in a lawsuit is accusing the taxi-medallion magnate of ripping off a cab operation the two ran.

    “You know who I am. Don’t f–k with me!” Freidman allegedly told Tsitiridis during the Jan. 13 call.

    Tsitiridis, 57, who filed the suit last year, told cops the remark made him fear for his life.

    Police charged Friedman with second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor, sources said. He turned himself in Wednesday afternoon.

    A judge gave Freidman a desk-appearance ticket and released him, cops said.

    Reps for Tsitiridis and Freidman did not return calls for comment.

    Freidman, who manages more than 800 taxis in the city, had to turn over 46 of his cabs and medallions last month to help pay millions in bankruptcy debt.

    His cab ownership operations have reportedly hit hard times thanks to ride-share apps such as Uber.

    The state Attorney General’s Office appointed a trustee to oversee Freidman’s businesses last year, saying he can’t be trusted to run them himself.

    Also, his landlord evicted him from his longtime business offices and he is still embroiled in a handful of lawsuits with various business partners and owes the state and city millions of dollars.

    The mogul was also charged with assault in 2015 for allegedly choking his then-wife. He pleaded guilty to harassment. The 24-year-old spouse then sued him for divorce.
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    http://nypost.com/2017/04/06/taxi-king-no-longer-allowed-to-manage-hundreds-of-medallions/

    Taxi King no longer allowed to manage hundreds of medallions
    By Danielle Furfaro
    April 6, 2017 | 8:14pm

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    “Taxi king” Gene Freidman is now the court jester of the cab industry.

    Freidman will no longer be allowed to manage the more than 800 medallions he’s controlled for the past several years, the Taxi and Limousine Commission ruled this week.

    “We have notified all the medallions that were in the management of those companies that they would need to be managed by others,” said TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg.

    The Russian-born mogul’s licenses expired and the TLC declined to renew them because of his controversial past with the agency. Freidman, who has been in a downward spiral of arrests and lawsuits for the past two years, has angered the drivers and medallions owners by not paying the state and the city millions of dollars in surcharges, leaving them on the hook for the money.

    Others in the industry say they are glad the TLC finally took Freidman’s licenses.

    “He has given the industry a bad name,” said a taxi medallion agent who’s known Freidman for years. “Mr. Freidman for years has flouted regulations and been allowed to get away with it.”

    Late last year, a bankruptcy judge ruled that Freidman had to turn over 46 of the medallions he owned to to pay debtors. He still owns about 150 medallions, sources say.
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    Taxi King now without 800 medallions — and a law license
    By Julia Marsh and Danielle Furfaro
    July 13, 2017 | 9:46pm
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    Former “Taxi King” Gene Freidman has lost hundreds of medallions, his gorgeous younger wife — and now his law license.

    A Manhattan appeals panel suspended the hack honcho from the bar “until further order” in part because of bad checks he allegedly wrote.

    Freidman — who was stripped of 800 medallions by the Taxi & Limousine Commission in April, shortly before he was arrested for tax fraud — didn’t comply with a judicial probe into the check scheme, according to a ruling released Thursday by the Appellate Division.

    In addition, Freidman “failed to provide information” about a contempt motion involving Citibank, the decision states.

    The ruling means that he can no longer represent himself in a dispute with former business partner Savas Tsitridis.

    He’s also accused of ripping off the state for more than $5 million in 50-cent taxi surcharges. He was arrested in May and released on $500,000 bail. The criminal tax-fraud and larceny charges are still pending.

    His wife Sandra, 20 years his junior, filed for divorce in 2015.

    He did not return messages seeking comment.

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