24 January 2008

Douche Of The Week 01.24.08

The Winner: Dr. Robin Motz

The Story

New York City Doctor Charged With Stealing 94-Year-Old Mother's Life Savings

A physician was charged Wednesday with stealing his 94-year-old mother's life savings of more than $800,000 and leaving her virtually impoverished.

"He took pretty much all that she had," Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said Wednesday when he announced the indictment of Dr. Robin Motz. He said Motz' mother, Minnie, now lives on a small pension and Social Security.

Motz, 68, was accused of stealing $832,453 from his mother after taking control of her finances through a power of attorney in 2003.

Morgenthau said Motz spent the money on flat screen TVs and other luxuries, travel to the Bahamas, Mexico and Hong Kong, and on his vacation house in Hillsdale, N.Y.

"This is a mini-Astor case," Morgenthau said, referring to charges pending against Anthony Marshall, who is accused of massive thefts from his mother, society grande dame and philanthropist Brooke Astor.

Motz was arraigned in Manhattan's state Supreme Court where he pleaded not guilty to second-degree grand larceny and second-degree money laundering. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on either count.

Motz' lawyer, Sean Dwyer, said his client "is devastated by this, but we're looking forward to the chance to defend him."

Justice John Cataldo released Motz on $200,000 cash bail and scheduled his next court date for Jan. 30.

Motz, who lives on the Upper East Side with his third wife, is an internist who practices in Englewood, N.J., and has admitting privileges at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

Minnie Motz, a retired librarian, was mentally alert but had some physical ailments, Morgenthau said. He said Motz told his mother he was using her power of attorney — the legal right to make decisions for her — to consolidate her bank accounts to aid him in paying her bills.

In early 2004, Morgenthau said, Motz moved his mother's investment accounts from Oppenheimer & Co. to Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. where he had an account. He depleted the accounts by paying his own $400,000 credit card bills, paying a contractor $200,000 for working on his vacation house, paying his racket club dues, and giving large cash gifts to his children.

Motz' mother learned of her financial predicament when her Upper West Side co-op levied a special assessment to cover the cost of rebuilding a retaining wall which had collapsed and she was unable to pay it.

With Minnie Motz facing eviction, the building's management called a social worker who contacted the district attorney's Elder Abuse Unit. That unit started an immediate investigation, Morgenthau said.

Robocop's Comment:

Ever hear the phrase "Honor thy Father and Mother"? Dr. Robin Motz obviously ignored that little Commandment, and committed Grand Larceny against his own mother. It is people like this that give the pro-choice movement a reason to exist. For all of the above, Dr. Robin Motz earns the title Douche Of The Week.


Anonymous said...

He used to be my doctor. Excellent doctor, but obviously lacking as a human being.

Sandy said...

To borrow a phrase from my daughter, a perfect candidate for post-partum abortion...

Robocop said...

Anonymous: If he was an excellent doctor, perhaps he will make "a living" when he becomes a resident of NYDOC.

Anonymous said...

Don't judge before you know. I met this guy; I know that the 3d wife came about after the 2nd wife died of cancer a day before 9/11. Who knows whether the mom originally told him to spend down her $ so she could get Medicaid ?

Robocop said...

Not one being harsh to judge, let's do some math:

$832,453 minus $400,000 in credit card debts, minus $200,000 for work on his vacation house, minus rachet club dues, minus large cash gifts for his children. Don't forget that his mother almost got evicted, which started this whole investigation in the first place.I am sure $800,000 could have provided a far superior care than Medicade.As a doctor, he wasn't exactly making minimum wage, was he?

Debs said...

I don't know what the number of wives have to do with spending every penny his mom had. I don't care if this woman did say, "Hey son spend all of my money." A Real and Loving son would NOT leave his own mother with NOTHING! It is that plain and simple. Sounds like he was not much of a doctor since as a human he sucked.

Anonymous said...

He was going to leave wife #2 until he discovered that she had cancer.