A Brooklyn man posed as an Israeli secret agent with pals like Robert DeNiro, Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu to swindle an elderly Manhattan woman out of $20 million worth of her company’s jewelry, court papers state.
Starting in 2009, Yehuda Sadok, 48, who also went by Oody Geffen, wooed jewelry company owner Emilie Martin who was 30 years his senior and convinced her of a plan to sell jewelry to the ruling Sheikh of Dubai, according to the court papers, filed in Manhattan by Martin’s two daughters.
“The stories Oody told Emilie would have been rejected by James Bond creator Ian Fleming as ridiculous,” a lawyer for Martin’s daughters said in the papers.
“Oody told Emilie that he was a ‘top five Mossad agent,’ kept a cyanide capsule in his tooth, went fishing with [Russian President] Vladamir Putin, and was friends with Robert DeNiro and [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu.”
Martin became furious with her daughters, Claudia Difabrizio of Park Avenue and Sarah Lee Martin of Connecticut, when they tried to stop her from giving Sadok the company’s $20 million worth of jewelry for the Dubai sale because associates in the industry told them he was involved with the Russian mob, court papers state.
After a court settlement that resulted in Martin promising to cut ties with Sadok and splitting her company with her daughters, she signed over the bulk of her fortune to four estranged siblings and their children, court papers state. She died in 2011 at age 78.
The daughters are now suing in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court to have that will thrown out and an earlier version reinstated.
Sadok could not immediately be reached for comment.