Above: Guma Aguiar
Chabad Tries To Take Jerusalem Properties Of Late Millionaire Guma Aguiar
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The Chabad Movement in Israel has filed a petition with the Jerusalem District Court demanding the court recognize its ownership of two properties one owned by the late multimillionaire Guma Aguiar, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.
Using a tactic common to Chabad worldwide, Chabad in Israel is claiming that Aguiar verbally promised the properties, located in Jerusalem’s Old City and worth tens of millions of dollars, to the movement.
Aguiar disappeared at sea almost three years ago off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he lived with his wife and children. He was pronounced dead on January 29, 2015 by a Florida court.
Chabad claims that although that although it does not appear in Aguiar’s will, the court should consider his purported verbal statements to donate the properties to Chabad.
Meir Heller, the court-appointed Israel trustee for Aguiar’s assets in the country denied Chabad’s claim on the properties.
"We have never heard a claim on these assets for the [Chabad] movement. We think the claim is filed on the eve of the announcement of his death is a kind of a tactical move,” Heller said.
An Israeli court is expected to rule today that Aguiar is, in fact, dead, mirroring the Florida court’s January ruling.
Chabad – especially Chabad in California – has repeatedly made similar claims in what many say are naked attempts to steal assets from the heirs of deceased individual or from other charities designated in the deceased’s will. The most infamous of those cases was Chabad’s attempt to gain control over assets of the late billionaire Roland Arnall.
Update 10:17 am CDT – Based on a report in Yediot Achranot, Arutz Sheva is reporting that Aguiar's large home outside the Old City in the Mamilla neighborhood has been sold to aRussian tycoon:
The luxurious Jerusalem mansion of Guma Aguiar, the Jewish millionaire who went missing mysteriously in 2012 and has since been declared dead, was sold to a Russian Jewish tycoon for 15 million shekels (nearly $4 million).
According to Yedioth Aharonoth, the sale of the two connected housing units in the exclusive Yemin Moshe neighborhood located near the Old City took place after an Italian Christian buyer's offer of 12.5 million shekels was surpassed by the Russian tycoon.
The mansion was the personal residence in Jerusalem of Aguiar, who owned the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team, and bought Jerusalem's Beitar Jerusalem soccer team. It was where he stayed when he lived in Israel, until he left for Florida.
Aguiar invested a large sum of money in decorating the mansion, installing a sauna and gym in the basement, and adding on an entire wing designed for his children.
The size of the property stands at 420 square meters, which along with its prime location and view of the western walls of the Old City made it a real estate prize in the Israeli capital.…