Fla. polo mogul, facing manslaughter trial, adopts his girlfriend

Posted Feb. 09, 2012, at 3:50 p.m.
In a July 21, 2010 photo, John Goodman, accused of running a stop sign in his Bentley convertible and killing 23-year-old Scott Patrick Wilson, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. Goodman, 48, recently adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend. Critics say he is trying to maintain some indirect control over money he fears could be awarded to the family of Wilson. Goodman goes on trial next month in that death, accused of drunken driving manslaughter.
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In a July 21, 2010 photo, John Goodman, accused of running a stop sign in his Bentley convertible and killing 23-year-old Scott Patrick Wilson, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. Goodman, 48, recently adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend. Critics say he is trying to maintain some indirect control over money he fears could be awarded to the family of Wilson. Goodman goes on trial next month in that death, accused of drunken driving manslaughter.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A millionaire polo mogul in Florida is raising eyebrows with his decision to adopt his 42-year-old girlfriend.

Critics of 48-year-old John Goodman says the move is simply an attempt to protect some of his fortune when a lawsuit against him goes to trial later this year.

Goodman is accused of drunken driving manslaughter in the death of a fellow motorist. He faces both a criminal trial that could send him to prison and a civil case brought against him by the victim’s family.

He has a trust fund for his two underage children that would be shielded if the verdict in the lawsuit goes against him. After he adopted his girlfriend, he named her a beneficiary of the trust fund, too.

Goodman’s attorney insists there’s nothing illegal about the move.

 

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