Los Angeles newswoman Wendy Burch, who had a stint on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has been caught up in the schemes of a notorious con man, who is also her ex-fiancee.
A woman is suing the duo for $1 million in damages as she claims they finessed her out of $150,000.
Burch, an Emmy award-winning journalist, has known Bruce Taylor for a long while. Despite being her ex, he is also the father of her only child.
The woman behind the lawsuit, Christine Weber, alleges some of the money was used for a lavish first birthday party for the couple’s son.
Burch denies these claims, saying she had no involvement with their deal.
“Bruce Taylor is a person of questionable character,” Burch said. “I am not.”
However, Burch was brought under question after money from her Foundation was given to Taylor in 2012. She did admit to giving Taylor the cash for investment purposes only with the expectation that Taylor would pay her back in two years.
In 1999, Taylor was convicted of bank fraud, consequently leading to a stint in federal prison. In 2016, he found himself in federal custody again after making an “interstate threat to kidnap, kill or injure,” court documents show.
Another accuser, Beth Morris, claims in court documents that Taylor stole $306,558 from her.
According to The New York Post, Taylor asked Morris for $80,000 “to go to the firm of famed LA criminal defense lawyer Mark Geragos. But the cash was really to pay back $70,000 taken from Burch’s charity.”
Burch states she “did not know the source of the funds which were paid through a “client-attorney account.”
Morris did win a $342,774 judgment against Taylor but has not seen a cent of it. She had to drain her retirement funds to pay off her debt.
Weber also told the court that when she posted about her experience with Taylor on scambook.com, more than 20 women contacted her with similar stories about him.
After being released from prison in 2018, it is believed Taylor, 56, is living with Burch, 52, near UCLA. But, Burch has denied these claims, although he is often there to care for their son.
As for Burch’s’ innocence, Taylor wants all to know she is not in the wrong. He told The Post that he “convinced Wendy I could provide steady returns for the Foundation. That was, unfortunately, not the case, and Wendy demanded the money be returned. I borrowed it from a friend and paid it back.”
“The only thing Wendy has ever done wrong was believe in me. I have sworn statements and depositions that she has never been complicit in anything I’ve ever done or profited in any way.”