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Nose doctor's dad files $1.4 million lawsuit

Nose doctor's dad files $1.4 million lawsuit

NOSE DOCTOR: Man says he loaned money to son, who left country in 2004

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HAMMOND | Fred Weinberger, the father of missing Merrillville nose doctor Mark Weinberger, is the latest and perhaps one of the last to take legal action against his son.

Fred Weinberger on Wednesday filed a claim in U.S. District Court in Hammond seeking $1.4 million -- including a $1 million loan plus $417,043 in interest and expenses -- he claims his son owes him.

In a letter dated March 23, Fred Weinberger asked the court to consider allocating a portion of the available funds to him.

Fred Weinberger, when reached at his Lake Worth, Fla., residence Thursday, declined comment.

The $1 million was apparently a loan given by Fred Weinberger to his son sometime prior to Mark Weinberger's disappearance in September 2004, Robert Handler said.

Handler was appointed in October 2004 as a receiver to put the finances in order of the sinus clinic Mark Weinberger had operated at 255 E. 90th Drive in Merrillville.

Mark Weinberger was reported missing by family members in late September 2004 after he declined to return home from a trip to Greece. He never has returned, although his wife, Michelle, who has reverted to her maiden name of Kramer, reported his credit cards had been used in the French Riviera.

"Fred Weinberger lent Mark the money directly and not to his company," Handler said.

Since his disappearance, Mark Weinberger has been targeted by attorneys for numerous lawsuits claiming malpractice. His license also has been revoked by the state.

His Merrillville assets were put up for auction in early July of last year and were sold for more than $3 million.

The auction was to help satisfy Weinberger's numerous creditors, including Citibank, which held the mortgage loan on the clinic, Handler said. The clinic slightly had more than $7,000 in assets, and was $7 million in debt on Oct. 5 when Handler was appointed by the courts.


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