A San Diego woman accused of dumping her fiancé and then taking his money shared her side of the story with 10News on Wednesday.
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Months before the wedding, San Diegan Kendra Platt-Lee said, "I don't." Her fiancé, New Yorker Steve Silverstein, said, "I don't think so" and filed a lawsuit against her, claiming she took his money and ran.
When asked if she broke his heart and then ripped him off, Platt-Lee responded, "I may have broken his heart, but I didn't rip him off."
The two met online in 2008. He was a business consultant in New York and she was a flight attendant. They moved into an upscale Manhattan apartment and became engaged, but something did not feel right, so Platt-Lee called it off.
In the suit, Silverstein claims Platt-Lee raided a joint account and grabbed $20,000 of his money. Platt-Lee said it was her original account before she added him. She says she used the money to pay bills in pricey New York.
"There were a lot of joint expenses and joint credit card bills," said Platt-Lee. "I've offered to sit down with him and look over the bills, but he never gave me the chance."
Silverstein is also suing for half of the wedding tab: $13,000. Platt-Lee, who gave back the $32,000 ring, said she is not the one who ran up the wedding bill.
"He wanted a big lavish wedding," said Platt-Lee. 'He was a 'groomzilla.'"
Platt-Lee says it turned ugly after the breakup when her belongings disappeared.
"He sent me a link to eBay," she said. "His sister was selling my stuff on eBay."
Platt-Lee said her belongings were eventually returned, but it has been ugly ever since.
"At first I thought he was just angry. Now, I realize he's just plain mean," she said. "I would like to move on. He's not worth a second of my time anymore."
Silverstein's attorney, Elliott Martin, said in a statement, "At the end of the day, bank records will prove Ms. Platt-Lee took more than $19,000 that wasn't hers."
Platt-Lee moved back to San Diego and has begun graduate school at University of San Diego's paralegal program.
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