Yeager family fights over ranch, condo
Chuck Yeager’s daughter could get sole possession of a Nevada City condo or half the family’s Penn Valley ranch – but not both – if she wins a lawsuit against her famed aviator father and his new wife.
Nevada County Superior Court Judge Ersel Edwards on Friday added the ranch as a possible remedy for Susan Yeager of Hawaii, according to her lawyer, Dewey Harpainter of Auburn. She is suing her father, his trust and his 45-year-old wife, Victoria D’Angelo.
Joining Susan Yeager, 53, in a growing tangled web of inter-family charges and countercharges is sister Sharon Flick, 55, of Fallon, Nev., and brother Donald Yeager, 58, of Powderhorn, Colo. A full trial on the case has been set for May 18.
Representing the test pilot who first broke the sound barrier, attorney David Riegels of Sacramento said adding the ranch to the case could put his 81-year-old client in jeopardy and was tantamount to “constructive fraud by the daughter.”
Susan Yeager says in court documents her father was persuaded by D’Angelo to try to place 50 percent of the condo in D’Angelo’s name illegally. The daughter by Yeager’s first wife, Glennis, claims it was given to her as part of a deal in which she sold half of her Penn Valley ranch to her dad.
Susan Yeager also contends the alleged condo swindle was just part of a larger conspiracy by D’Angelo to alienate her father from the family, leaving the younger wife with his estate.
Chuck Yaeger said this week he has given his children millions of dollars, and they are upset because D’Angelo will be the main benefactor upon his death.
Chuck Yeager said in court documents Susan Yeager bought the ranch with money she allegedly embezzled from him in the first place. He claims she took $3 million over the years after his fame soared in the 1980s.
Yeager also says in court records that his children illegally took control of the family corporation’s stock after their mother died in 1990. They claim the stock legally reverted to them.
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