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Divorce fraud claims against billionaire Cohen resume

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Manhattan district court judge’s 2011 decision that dismissed a lawsuit filed against a Wall Street multi-billionaire by his ex-wife.

The long running legal battle began in a 1990 divorce proceeding when Patricia Cohen accused then husband Steven A. Cohen of hiding his assets while formalizing a property division agreement. She claims he lied about losing his entire $9 million investment in co-op apartments.

The appeals court decision relied heavily on the evidence Patricia submitted regarding her discovery of a court file in 2008 revealing a $5.5 million dispute settlement paid to Cohen. Patricia’s 2009 fraud-based claims also involved allegations of Cohen’s 1985 $20 million insider trading profit from a tip given by fellow Wharton School graduates of the University of Pennsylvania.

Defense lawyers argued that Patricia was merely harassing Cohen and trying to gain media attention at the expense of her ex-husband.

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