CHATSWORTH, CA. — Joey Buttafuoco, the former car mechanic who became famous after his underage girlfriend shot his wife in 1992, has filed a suit against a real estate agent and a home buyer that claims they cheated him out of the proceeds of a house sale.
Buttafuoco and wife Evanka, in a Superior Court complaint, alleged that agent Ronald Berlinsky and LLC Investments, Inc. forged documents in connection with a $1.5 million house sale that purported to pay Berlinsky $62,000 for a “personal debt” and credit buyer Stewart Sank $75,000 for “funds paid by the buyer directly to the seller, outside of escrow.”
Most of the money from the sale was to go pay off loans against the property. The Buttafuocos told Berlinsky they needed to sell the property quickly to avoid a foreclosure, the suit said.
After the sale, the plaintiffs say they should have received at least $143,293 but they did not get any of the money.
The complaint was filed by Christine Lyden of Lyden & Jackson.