Gambler tans wife out of $700,000


A RICH Manhattan woman says a tanning salon employee she married tricked her out of $700,000, telling her he needed the money to pay off gambling debts.

In fact though, Steven Lalicata’s “gambling debt” was a girlfriend in New Jersey who liked to be showered with jewelry and presents, according to court papers.

Now the tricked bride Candice Feinberg Lalicata, 39, is suing her sneaky spouse, his girlfriend and the friends who allegedly helped con her for $10 million.

The schemers led Lalicata “to believe that her husband, Steven Lalicata, whom she had recently married, owed large gambling debts to members of organized crime. Through a series of coordinated communications, they led her to believe physical well-being would be in jeopardy if she did not make huge amounts of cash available to him on short notice,” her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit says.

“That was a ruse,” the filing says. “Steven Lalicata was stealing the money to live a double life.”

Lalicata was using the money to further his “sexual relationship with a woman named Diana Fernandez,” lavishing gifts on her and going on trips and junkets with her and his cousin, the suit says.

“I am concerned that these people may pray on other victims,” Candice Feinberg Lalicata said.

“I believe that they brought me and my young son into their confidences solely, from the get go, to steal as much as they could from me.”

The divorced mom of a five-year-old boy said she first met Lalicata in April of 2010, when he was working for Beach Bum Tanning Salon on the Upper West Side.


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