St. Louis lender wants Las Vegas verdict used against ex-wife

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Divorce on Friday, December 9, 2011

Ray Vinson is known in St. Louis for pitching easy mortgage terms to consumers. But the pitchman and lender has also become famous for his contentious divorce from ex-wife Deanna Daughhetee.

Vinson, a staple of St. Louis TV and radio ads, is headed back to court, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

In court documents, Vinson claims that Daughhetee should be penalized for “reckless indifference” to an alleged conspiracy against him during their high-profile 2006 divorce.

In July, a Las Vegas court found that Daughhetee’s husband, Joe Adams, was part of a conspiracy with private investigators to defraud Vinson.

The newspaper reports that it’s not clear who hired the investigators who allegedly conspired with Adams to defraud Vinson.

Las Vegas jurors awarded a half-million dollars in damages to Vinson, with Adams liable for the majority.

Vinson alleges in his lawsuit just filed in St. Louis County that his then-wife made use of information “procured by fraud and intimidation” during their divorce trial in order to obtain a bigger slice of marital property. She was awarded ownership of American Equity Mortgage in their divorce.

The newspaper reported in October that a former exotic dancer testified in the Nevada trial that she was “coached by Daughhetee’s team” to claim Vinson was her abusive lover.

The woman told the Nevada court that she’d lied to obtain a restraining order against the 60-year-old mortgage pitchman.

The woman’s husband testified that he and his wife received $50,000 from Adams to make the false allegations against Vinson.

Adams denied that he’d instructed the woman to lie.

She did not testify in the Vinson-Daughhetee divorce.

In that case, a St. Louis County judge wrote that Daughhetee had been embarrassed by Vinson’s infidelity, and harmed by his physical abuse, sexual misdeeds and alcohol abuse.

In the end, Daughhetee received over $61 million in the divorce, while Vinson received $11.4 million. He was also to be paid $16 million over four years by his ex-wife.

The new litigation is sure to refocus St. Louis attention on this controversial couple.

Source: “Pitchman Vinson uses Nevada verdict to revisit high-stakes divorce,” Nicolas J. C. Pistor, Dec. 7, 2011

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