• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

No Mercy for Fugitive Fraudster Husband

No Mercy for Fugitive Fraudster Husband

Share

Imagine if your wealthy husband disappeared from your bed one night, left you massively in debt, and turned out to be a total fraud. That's what happened to Michelle Kramer. She was a 29-year-old graduate student in Chicago when her husband, a sinus surgeon named Mark Weinberger, vanished during a family vacation in Greece.

Weinberger apparently knew he was about to get busted for healthcare fraud and medical malpractice of the worst kind: allegedly performing unnecessary surgeries on patients at a clinic he ran in northern Indiana. Michelle's search for her missing husband turned up shredded documents, survivalist gear, and $6 million in debt.

Five years later, in December 2009, Weinberger was finally found — hiding in a tent atop the European alps. He'd been living on and off in the tent and in a nearby Italian town, with an apparent plan of writing a survivalist handbook. In the meantime, more than 300 malpractice suits had been filed against him in the States.

Weinberger is now back in America. This month, a judge in Indiana ordered him to pay $13 million in one of his many malpractice suits. Separately, he had recently pleaded guilty to 22 counts of healthcare fraud. Under the plea deal he had worked out with his attorney, he would serve four years in prison. Today, a federal judge rejected that plea deal, saying four years is not enough. Weinberger's attorneys have reportedly moved to prepare the case for trial, while continuing to try to negotiate with prosecutors.

Michelle, meanwhile, has refused to be defined by her husband's betrayal. Last spring, she completed her Ph.D. in psychology in Chicago. This spring, she is working on a postdoctoral fellowship in Baltimore. Marie Claire editor-at-large Abigail Pesta met Michelle and learned the details of her personal journey. Michelle credits her down-to-earth, blue-collar parents for keeping her grounded, even when she and her husband were flying around the world in private jets. "I never lost myself, even when I had all that stuff," she explains. "I just didn't lose who I was." You can read her full story in Marie Claire.

Share
Connect with Marie Claire:
Advertisement
horoscopes
daily giveaway
One (1) winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $188) and a year’s supply of hair products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $108).

One (1) winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $188) and a year’s supply of hair products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $108).

enter now
You Know You Want More
Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook
Welcome!

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Continue
Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.

Continue