TWO-TIMER: Double-dip wife Eda Silber, at home on Long Island, got $60,000 a year from one husband and “married” a second in a non-official ceremony.
One rich husband wasn’t enough for a Long Island woman — she wanted two.
A 37-year-old housewife collected more than $300,000 in support payments from Husband No.1 while living with her 51-year-old boyfriend, who became “Husband No. 2” last April, according to legal papers.
In a recent decision, a Nassau hearing officer gave Eda Silber, who lives in the upscale community of Lawrence, some bad news and some good news: Original husband Daniel Silber can stop the $60,000-a-year payments — but she can keep what she’s already collected.
And, by the way, she’s probably not a bigamist under law.
The convoluted tale began when Silber married Daniel in 1995.
They had four children before she left him in 2006 and moved in with a wealthy boyfriend, pillow mogul George Frenkel.
Daniel Silber, who works for his family’s prosperous business, sued for divorce. But his wife kept prolonging the fight with legal maneuvering, said hearing officer Stanley Gartenstein.
Gartenstein said that while Eda was receiving the support payments from Daniel, “she was being plied with lavish gifts by her male companion.
Frenkel showered her with jewelry, furs, designer clothing and vacations at five-star resorts, the court papers say.
Eda and her paramour traveled to luxury hotels in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, California, Puerto Rico and Israel.
She piled up bling, including Tiffany jewelry, a $12,000 fur coat and Jimmy Choo shoes and pocketbooks worth $18,000.
Accepting these gifts was “double-dipping’’ and “must be deemed in bad faith, Gartenstein ruled.
Eda Silber, an Orthodox Jew, lives in a million-dollar home in Lawrence with her new “husband.
She also drives a Cadillac Escalade.
She “married’’ her older boyfriend in a religious service last April, court papers say.
But Gartenstein ruled that “the ‘marriage’ was neither a marriage nor was it ‘religious,’ in the face of Judaism’s strict prohibition against a ‘marriage’ to one with whom intimacy has been shared while married to another.
Daniel Silber’s lawyer, Stephen Gassman, said, “There’s no question it’s the height of chutzpah.
“The judge correctly condemned her abuse of the judicial system,’’ said
I think her strategy backfired. She had all of her necessities and luxuries paid for by her parents and her boyfriend, but she wasn’t satisfied.
He added, “The judge is making the decision that her ‘marriage’ to her boyfriend is neither valid under civil or religious law.
Eda’s lawyer, Robert Hiltzik, said, “I think the decision is outrageous.
She is still married to Daniel, and their divorce will not be final for at least a week. But, since she never got a state license to marry Frenkel, she is not guilty of criminal bigamy, sources said.
As for Daniel, he still has to keep up support payments for their four children.