John Bailey Goodman was denied the request to adopt Heather Hutchins, his 42-year-old adult girlfriend.
The founder of the International Polo Club in Palm Beach was hoping to adopt his romantic companion in an attempt to take money from his children’s trust fund and protect his assets from the family of Scott Wilson.
Wilson, 23 was killed by Goodman in February of 2010 while he was driving drunk. The Florida millionaire received a 16-year sentence for DUI manslaughter. However, he is currently on house arrest after he appealed against the decision, and posted $7 million bond.
Goodman’s attempt to conceal the adoption “constituted a fraud on the court,” the appellate judges wrote in a nine-page opinion.
Under the adoption contract, Hutchins was to be paid over $16 million by Goodman, but the agreement was slammed by a judge as “a fraud on the court” and “reprehensible.”
On Wednesday, the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that Goodman had not notified his two children, their mother, their guardian or the parents of Wilson.
Goodman adopted Hutchins while awaiting a trial for the death of Wilson. The adoption was originally approved in October 2011by a Miami-Dade County trial court.