Killer real-estate scion Robert Durst stiffed private investigators on a $130,000 bill after hiring them to probe his March 2015 arrest for the murder of his friend Susan Berman, according to a new lawsuit.
The jailed Durst is now awaiting trial in Los Angeles over her 2000 death.
Law-enforcement officials believe Durst killed Berman to prevent her from cooperating in an investigation into the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathy.
Durst retained New York-based T&M Protection Resources two weeks after his 2015 arrest, the Manhattan Supreme Court suit says. He paid a $25,000 retainer and the firm’s private eyes spent nearly 500 hours doing field work and digital research into the events surrounding his capture, according to court papers.
When Durst didn’t pay the invoice by July, the firm tried to get the money through his lawyer Steven Rabinowitz and wife Deborah Lee Charatan, according to court papers.
After that collection attempt failed, T&M Vice President Michael Mansfield made a personal plea to Durst to pay his “severely delinquent” account, which has ballooned to over $160,000 with interest.
“We understand how difficult these past months have been for you, but also know that through Steve, that you honor your commitments,” Mansfield wrote to Durst in February 2016.
But Durst never coughed up the cash, the suit says.
The firm’s attorney, Vincent Amicizia, said Durst did not give a reason for why he refused to pay the bill.
He presumably has plenty of cash. Durst received $65 million to cut ties with his family in 2007. The Durst Organization, run by younger brother Douglas, built 1 World Trade Center and 4 Times Square.
Four years earlier, Durst was acquitted of murder in Texas after testifying that he shot his Galveston neighbor Morris Black in self-defense and then chopped up the body and dumped it in the sea. He was convicted of tampering with evidence and jumping bail.
His attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.