To steal the words of Queen Elizabeth, 2017 will go down as an “annus horribilis” for the family of U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
In the wake of Wasserman Schultz’s roasting in Democratic Party stalwart Donna Brazile’s book and the Weston politician’s failure to fire a tech aide who was under FBI investigation, her husband is now accused of trying to rip off an elderly homeowner, according to a lawsuit recently filed in Fort Lauderdale.
Broward banker Steve Schultz, Wasserman-Schultz’s husband of 26 years, allegedly tried to have 70-year-old investor Frank DiMaria hand over the deed of his troubled $4 million commercial property in Pompano Beach to Schultz personally, according to the complaint.
“Mr. Schultz called Mr. DiMaria and proposed that he sign the Pompano Beach property over to Mr. Schultz personally,” the lawsuit reads. “Mr. DiMaria replied by stating, ‘Are you out of your mind?’
“Mr. Schultz replied by stating ‘no’ and further stating something to the effect of ‘no matter how big a lawyer you get or how many, I will destroy you and them and you know I have the power to do it.”
In a phone interview, Schultz said DiMaria knows he is married to Wasserman Schultz and is using that fact for effect.
“Mr. DiMaria knows I’m married to Debbie, so he might believe in some big conspiracy theory involving me and Debbie,” Schultz said. “But that’s not the case. I couldn’t personally seize his property even if I wanted to.
“He is a crazy old guy who cost the bank a lot of money. Eventually, we had to sell his mortgage to another party at a $200,000 loss.”
Schultz blamed DiMaria’s heavy Italian accent and lack of proficiency in English for the “misunderstanding.”