The daughter of the producer behind Van Morrison’s traditional rock albums is pushing for an investigation into cash lacking from her late father’s property.
Actress Emma Terese, 57, says she needs to search out out if her sister used her father’s American Categorical card earlier than and after his demise to pay for journeys to a hair salon, flights to Hawaii and tickets to occasions at Madison Sq. Backyard.
Terese’s dad, Lewis Merenstein, an Higher West Aspect resident who produced Morrison’s 1968 album “Astral Weeks” and government produced his “Moondance” in 1970, died at 81 on Sept. 6, 2016, abandoning a $1.three million property.
Terese, who lives in Hell’s Kitchen, stated in a Dec. 10 petition filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Courtroom that she needs the NYPD to research who made the costs on the cardboard — and that she suspects her sister, Ilene Merenstein, did.
Terese says she based mostly her suspicions on conversations along with her father earlier than he died and along with her uncle that Ilene was misusing his cash.
In her submitting, she included textual content messages from her uncle, Noel Merenstein, that warn her about Ilene.
“Your father was very troubled by your sister,” Noel stated in a single textual content.
“I (now) consider he suspected what was happening,” he stated in one other textual content. “He was extra frightened than I ever knew him to be.”
Terese additionally recognized 34 transactions in 2015 and 2016 that American Categorical confirmed had been fraudulent, in keeping with the petition.
Most of the purchases included locations the place Ilene frequented, Terese stated. And a few of them had been for exhibits on the Backyard and the Public Theater at a time when their dad was homebound, in keeping with the petition.
Ilene Merenstein, 61, of the Higher West Aspect, is the executor of her dad’s property, making any investigation troublesome for the reason that NYPD wants her approval to open a probe, the petition says.
In memoriam: Remembering the well-known figures we misplaced in 2016
Terese beforehand filed a petition demanding Ilene account for a way cash from their dad’s property has been spent.
The newest petition asks a decide if Terese has the authorized proper to file a movement to have Ilene eliminated because the executor with out upsetting her father’s needs.
Lewis Merenstein’s will had a no-contest clause — that means his daughters might lose their inheritances in the event that they challenged his directions.
Ilene, who works in TV manufacturing, couldn’t be reached for remark.
Terese’s lawyer, Ron Meyers, declined to remark.
Lewis Merenstein spent most of his profession producing jazz information, however he additionally labored with a few of the greatest singers of the 1960s and 1970s, together with Gladys Knight & the Pips and Mama Cass Elliot.