Crime writer Patricia Cornwell awarded $50.9 million in lawsuit

By Elizabeth O'Laughlin,

Award-winning crime writer Patricia Cornwell won $50.9 million in a lawsuit against her former financial management company and a former principal for negligence in handling her finances.

The Boston Globe reports Cornwell’s claim is the company, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and former principal Evan Snapper personally benefited from Cornwell’s monetary earnings and cost her company millions of dollars in lost and unaccounted for revenue over the years.

Lawyers from the New York firm insist there was no money missing from Cornwell’s accounts. They fault the economic downturn and Cornwell’s extravagant lifestyle for the financial losses. Cornwell had Ferraris, helicopters, and a $40,000 per month apartment in Manhattan, according to The Associated Press.

Cornwell, on the other hand, asserted that Anchin moved her from a conservative management strategy to one more aggressive without consulting her. She fired the company in 2009.

She also said the firm caused her to miss a book deadline for the first time in her career, because they didn’t find her an appropriate place to write after renovations on her house in Concord took longer than anticipated.



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