WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – A Vermont man accused by the relatives of the dead millionaire, his grandfather and his mother to collect the inheritance money is scheduled to go for a Connecticut probate judge Tuesday in an attempt to make it in a family trust to pay for legal costs.
Nathan Carman is the request that his aunt, Valerie Santilli, be removed as trustee of the Nathan Carman Family Trust, a fund that was established for him by his grandfather, in 2011 and is worth approximately $270,000 today, according to the court documents.
Carman, 24, of Vernon, Vermont, to the clerk of the probate court action after his request last year for $150,000 of the trust for legal aid is rejected, the court documents submitted by Santilli’s lawyers say. He got Santilli’s “extreme hostility” towards him and other factors, are the court filings.
He said that he needed the money for a lawyer to defend himself against a lawsuit in New Hampshire submitted by Santilli and her two sisters. They accuse him of killing his grandfather, John Chakalos, and possibly his mother, Linda, and question to the New Hampshire judge to block him from collecting money from his grandfather’s estate. Carman denies any involvement in the deaths.
Chakalos, a property developer, was found shot to death in his home in Windsor, Connecticut, in 2013. The police said Carman was a suspect in the murder, but a prosecutor declined to sign an arrest warrant and no one has been charged. Carman’s mother, Linda, went missing during a fishing trip with him in 2016 after their boat sank near Rhode Island and is presumed dead. Carman was rescued at sea.
Chakalos, 87, who also had a home in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, left an estate now worth more than $29 million for his four daughters, and $7 million, that would be able to go to Carman.
Carman also is fighting an insurer in the federal court in the u.s. state of Rhode Island about his insurance claim for his boat. The insurer claims that he is suspicious of changes to the boat before it sank and it is trying to avoid payment on the $85,000 policy.
Santilli’s lawyers say that she appointed an independent lawyer, at Carman’s insistence, at his request for $150,000 for legal fees, and that request was denied because Carman refused to provide financial information. They also say Santilli previously approved give Carman $25,000 in 2012 for him to buy a car and $ 175,000 in 2014 to pay his Connecticut lawyer, who later returned $150,000 to the trust, court documents say.