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Man claims ex-wife's attorney in Israel conspired to steal his assests

By Ben Hart | May 21, 2014

An Illinois resident is suing his ex-wife's divorce attorney, claiming she conspired to steal all of his assets.

Richard David Weisskopf filed a lawsuit May 16 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Rachel Gilbaum, citing fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Weisskopf claims Gilbaum, who the suit says is an Israeli attorney, represented his then-wife in their divorce in February 2009. The suit alleges Gilbaum devised a scheme to take Weisskopf's assets by using fraudulent means to obtain childhood records, licensing credentials for child welfare, stealing his degree and transcripts from the University of Illinois and cleaning out all of his bank accounts in Illinois, which affected his ability to continue in his career.

According to the suit, Gilbaum obtained stop-orders to prevent Weisskopf from leaving Israel and selling or refinancing his real estate properties, resulting in him loosing all his properties in April 2010.

Weisskopf claims Gilbaum advised his then-wife to steal and withhold his medication and medical records to control a large infected cyst growing in his left sinus towards his optic nerve, damaging the structure around his left sinus and causing two fractures in his skull and the loss of two teeth.

Weisskopf is seeking damages in excess of $100,000, as well as punitive damages, interest and court costs. He is being represented by attorneys Gary D. McCallister of Gary D. McCallister & Associates LLC and George M. Flemming and Rand P. Nolen of Fleming, Nolen & Jez LLP.

Cook County District Court Case No. 2014L005268.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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