A socialite widow who is suing one of Australia’s richest families claims they turned on her because of a fling with an estate agent after her late husband’s death.
Mae Cardaci’s multi-millionaire husband Marc Cardaci, the CEO of the CFC Group of businesses, died from oesophageal cancer in 2015, leaving behind a $40million estate which is now at the centre of a Supreme Court battle in Western Australia.
Ms Cardaci said conversations with her husband before his death made her believe he would leave the entire $40million estate to her, a claim the family disputes.
The widow also alleged the family turned on her after she had a fling with an estate agent who helped her sell a $3million property, The West Australian reported.
Mr Cardaci’s family – who own Centurion Transport, one of the biggest companies in Australia – are the 50th wealthiest family in the country and the 30th richest in Western Australia.
The court has already heard allegations that Ms Cardaci’s former brother-in-law Philip offered her a $2million settlement, a boat and a Maserati.
This allegedly occurred during two meetings at a cafe in Scarborough in mid-2016.
In the ‘take it or leave it’ offer, Ms Cardaci was allegedly denied access to her late husband’s $40million trust fund.
Phillip is alleged to have gone against his brother’s wishes by holding onto the fortune.
Barrister Martin Cuerden SC, representing the widow, previously told the court: ‘It was a take-it-or-leave-it $2million offer… she would never get anything if she did not accept it.’
The lawyers claim her husband’s Maserati and a boat were offered to Ms Cardaci as ‘sweeteners’ due to their sentimental value.
Before Mr Cardaci’s death, he bought a $3.2million beachfront mansion in Watermans Bay for his wife.
Ms Cardaci met her late husband in 2011 and the pair married in 2012 before was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.
She cared for him through chemotherapy and radiotherapy and described her late husband as ‘always very generous, financially and emotionally’.
Lawyers for the Cardaci family claim the widow saw her husband’s money as ‘her inheritance, her entitlement’.
The trial continues in the Western Australia Supreme Court.