Ex-Yankee Alex Rodriguez stole millions from former brother-in-law, exploited Hurricane Ike for profit, lawsu – nj.com

Alex Rodriguez didn’t follow the rulebook in baseball — or the book of law.

That’s according to the retired Yankees slugger’s former brother-in-law, who alleges A-Rod owes him millions in back pay over real estate deals they made when Rodriguez was married to Cynthia Scurtis in the mid-2000s.

In a sprawling, 136-page lawsuit filed Friday in Miami civil court and unveiled Tuesday, Constantine Scurtis paints A-Rod as a backstabber who committed all kinds of fraud, forged and falsified documents and cut him out of the company they formed together after Rodriguez’s marriage to Cynthia Scurtis went down in flames over allegations he cheated on her.

“After Rodriguez’s wife discovered the truth about Rodriguez’s infidelity and filed for divorce, Rodriguez then turned on (Constantine) Scurtis and cheated him,” the lawsuit said.

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Scurtis says he wants millions of dollars from Rodriguez, who hit the fourth-most home runs in baseball history at 696, but was also twice suspended under the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He retired in 2016. He’s currently engaged to mega star Jennifer Lopez.

It isn’t the first time Scurtis has brought Rodriguez to court. He’s filed several unsuccessful suits against Rodriguez, the first almost a decade ago.

A rep for Rodriguez declined comment. John C. Lukacs, the attorney representing A-Rod, hadn’t immediately returned a message seeking comment.

Scurtis said that in 2014 he asked his sister to reach out to Rodriguez, but the “response conveyed to Scurtis was that Rodriguez would never pay him another dollar ever again.”

Scurtis also provides a dramatic retelling of a time in 2007 when Rodriguez allegedly looked him in the eye and swore he never had been unfaithful to his sister. Not long before, the New York Post reported that Rodriguez had been caught entering a hotel room with a stripper.

In addition, Scurtis says one of Rodriguez’s businesses “concocted a scheme to profit off of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike,” which which was blamed for at least 195 deaths and billions of dollars in damage in 2008. In the alleged scheme, Rodriguez’s company, Newport Property Ventures, created accounting records “reflecting significantly inflated damages” to the properties it owned. Scurtis claims that Rodriguez then paid off a whistleblower to stay silent after she called them out on it.

Scurtis said that Rodriguez wouldn’t have succeeded in real estate without Scurtis’ knowledge and expertise. The lawsuit says Scurtis and Rodriguez became partners in 2003, a year after Rodriguez married Cynthia Scurtis. In the deal, Rodriguez would take 95% of the cut since he was cash cow and Scurtis would get the rest for providing his services, plus 3% acquisition fees on “purchases of properties that he identified as investment opportunities.”

But it all ended in 2008. That’s when, Scurtis alleges, two of Rodriguez’s business partners walked into Scurtis’ office and “demanded” that he leave the building. The next day, Scurtis said, Rodriguez texted him to reassure him that things were fine between them and that they weren’t finished as friends or business partners.

“I hope to have a long Calm, loving discussion Over lunch,” Rodriguez texted Scurtis, the lawsuit said. “Me and you alone.”

Allegedly, that discussion never happened.

“Scurtis never suspected that the tussle over the day-to-day operation of the business arising from his sister’s divorce would be followed by a systematic and fraudulent effort to eliminate Scurtis’s equity in the venture and strip him of the future financial rewards to which he was rightfully entitled,” the lawsuit said.

Scurtis said he stopped receiving his share after Rodriguez created a new company without him and sold their assets to it, effectively cutting him out for good.

“Through their racketeering,” the lawsuit said, “Rodriguez and his co-conspirators have caused Scurtis many millions of dollars in damages.”

Scurtis said that Rodriguez’s shady business moves prompted the IRS to file a tax lien against him, which threatened with foreclosure on his family’s home and bank accounts after Rodriguez falsely reported to the government that he’d sent him payments.

Read the full lawsuit below.

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