Larry Lipshutz, who unknowingly tied knot with married woman, sues to get $100K engagement ring back
BY KEVIN DEUTSCH AND JOSE MARTINEZ -- NEW YORK DAILY NEWS WRITERS
He wants the ring, but he may just get the finger.
A real estate honcho is fighting to get back the $100,000 diamond engagement ring he gave a woman he married in a Jewish religious ceremony.
Larry Lipschutz claims he was clueless that Park Ave. dentist Nadia Kiderman was still legally married to another man when they tied the knot before a rabbi, but she says things soured when she realized he was just a "a con artist preying on wealthy women."
"There's no way I am giving him the ring back!" Kiderman said last night of the custom-made Princess-cut bauble.
"It's something out of this world."
As for Lipschutz, she says he wasn't the man she thought he was: "Women should run from him like fire."
Lipschutz, 53, of Monsey, Rockland County, placed what she said was a 7-carat rock on her finger just weeks before their Orthodox Jewish wedding in September 2006.
And she gave him a $25,000 gold Rolex that he still has, she said.
He and Kiderman, 48, who lives in Westchester County, split a few weeks before the one-year anniversary of their religious ceremony, and a Rockland judge last year ordered Kiderman to return the ring.
A state appeals court has since given Lipschutz the wedded diss, tossing the lower court decision and declaring he was "well aware" Kiderman was still married to Queens pediatrician Howard Nass when he gave her the massive diamond ring.
Lipschutz could not be reached for comment. But a man who said he was his son blasted Kiderman as a "total fraud."
"She's not an honest woman," he said. "He's going to get that ring back from her."
A Lipschutz pal who asked only to be identified as "Simcha" said he understands why he wants it returned: "When I saw the ring, my jaw dropped. I said, 'Larry, you must really be crazy about her to buy her something like that.' "
Nass and Kiderman were not divorced until December 2007, according to the appeals court decision, but a lawyer for Kiderman said that never mattered to Lipschutz.
"His concern was not a civil divorce but a get, a Jewish divorce," said lawyer Anthony Piscionere.
"He told her that as long as she gets the get, he wanted to marry her."
Kiderman had secured a get from Nass in 2002.
"A religious divorce cannot terminate a marriage," countered Abe Konstam, a lawyer for Lipschutz. "Since she didn't have a civil divorce, she was, in the eyes of New York State, still married to her first husband."
The stunning ring remains in the hands of a third party until the couple settle their differences - or take the matter to trial.
"He doesn't have the ring in his pocket, she doesn't have the ring on her finger," Konstam said.
[Hat Tip: CS.]