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Woman hides nearly a million dollars from her husband.

Posted on: May 2, 2009

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Some wives guard secrets from their husbands so closely, they might as well be in a bank vault.

So what’s a gal to do when a bank spills one of her deepest secrets?

A Long Island dentist is suing Chase bank to recover the more than $150,000 that she says she had to share with her hubby after a bank employee let it slip that she had a huge account balance he didn’t know about.

Nazita Aminpour, 43, and her husband, David Shamash, 47, have a joint account at a Chase branch in Kew Gardens, Queens, along with a custodial one for their three children. But Aminpour also had a secret stash of $800,000 at the branch in her name only, according to a suit filed last week in Queens Supreme Court.

A bank employee trying to be helpful spilled the beans to Shamash by cold-calling him and telling him he should take his small fortune out of the low-interest account and make other investments with Chase, the suit alleges.

Shamash said he knew nothing about the money.

“Shamash then began harassing [Aminpour], asking for money from the funds that he can invest in the stock market and to cover a margin call he had on his stock account,” the wife’s suit says.

Shamash began “alienating” Aminpour, so she forked over $155,000 “to save her marriage and restore order in the marital home,” the suit says.

She says the bank placed her in a “situation of duress.”

She also claims in the suit that the bank violated federal privacy laws that “prohibit the disclosure of non-public, personal information.”

Aminpour wants Chase to cover her loss and shell out for her lawyers’ fees.

A recent bank statement submitted with the court papers shows her with a balance of more than $1 million — 25 percent higher than in March last year, when her husband had his hand out.

Messages left at the Great Neck couple’s home and with their lawyer were not returned.

Chase declined to comment because the matter is under litigation.

This is such a sad story. To hide nearly a million dollars to the supposed love of your life is ludicrous! I’m not saying that you cannot have your own money, my gran has always said a woman needs to have something in her own name in case it goes wrong, but nearly a million dollars?

If I understand US law correctly, if they divorced she’d have to give him half if it was made during their marriage.

I think this also brings up a serious matter that a lot of couple do not often discuss until it is too late. How the other spends money, whether they have debts or bad credit history. As much as a lot of people like to deny, money is an important subject in a relationship, and it should be bought up sooner rather than later.


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