UPDATED: Ewww -- Polo Mogul John Goodman Adopts His 42-Year-Old Girlfriend

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Goodman called his girlfriend after the crash.
Rich people do strange things to protect their money. Wellington polo mogul John Goodman went so far as to adopt his 42-year-old girlfriend to preserve his family's fortune. Which means, legally, he's his girlfriend's dad, and... well, you get the idea.

Why would a multimillionaire do such a thing? Goodman, 48, has a few good reasons. He's currently facing criminal charges for allegedly driving drunk and causing a car accident that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson in 2010. Wilson's parents have sued Goodman for damages that could top $100 million, and his children's trust funds have become an issue of contention in the case. Adopting his girlfriend, Heather Hutchins, and making her a beneficiary of the trusts means she immediately inherits a portion of the money, according to WPEC-Channel 12. Theoretically, she could share the dough with Goodman.

UPDATE: Goodman's attorney, Daniel Bachi, released a statement saying the adoption was designed to protect the polo mogul's kids, in case Goodman ends up in prison. Hutchins is supposed to look after the trust funds and give Goodman's children most of the money. Read more here.

But there's another twist: Hutchins, also known as Heather Colby, was dating Goodman at the time of the accident. In fact, she was the first person Goodman called after he stumbled away from the crash site and knocked on a stranger's door to borrow a cell phone. The stranger who lent him her phone, Lisa Pembleton, overheard Goodman tell Hutchins "he had really effed up, and he didn't know what he should do."

So. Hutchins is now not only a beneficiary of Goodman's dough but a witness in the vehicular homicide case. She's the person he told about what he called his "end-of-the-world accident."

Should be an interesting trial.


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Solgreenberg
Solgreenberg

Aren't people tired of rich people skirting the law and lawyers helping them do it for money.  How are these lawyers any different than thug protection guys who get paid a great deal of money and if they lose, too bad.  If they win, the community gets these criminals back on the street.  No mercy for the poor family who lost their loved one.  That is heartbreaking.

Johnfioretti
Johnfioretti

It doesn't matter how much one is worth, garbage is garbage.

Bbfan11
Bbfan11

I cannot believe the law even allowed him to adopt his g/f knowing he was trying to hide his money, knowing he killed a 23 y/o young man because he was driving drunk. Why wasn't he sitting in jail this whole time and not allowed to post bail? He committed murder! Money talks, even when the scum of the earth do disgusting things with it and the law knows what he's up to. The judge should be held just as accountable as this POS hide his money rather for not making him face up to his responsibilities as any other person should. This is truly disgusting.

Guest
Guest

If it was my child that this drunken MF killed, I certainly would have taken the law into my own hands. No need to shuffle and hide money away. He would have been in the cemetery long and buried.

JOEYPAD
JOEYPAD

if the courts let this scum get away with this florida sucks

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

No big deal.  This kind of stuff happens in West Virginia all the time.

Religioniswar666
Religioniswar666

what r they gonna tell the grandkids?im your grampa and your great grampa...

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Truly a disgusting man on so many different levels.

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