CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team has uncovered yet another bombshell in connection with the Aliza Sherman case.
Court records raise new questions about strippers, affairs and her fears before her murder.
Motions and depositions in a civil lawsuit filed against the estranged husband of Aliza Sherman expose chilling details of what her life was like before she was stabbed to death.
Just a couple of months before Aliza was murdered, she sat down with a forensic accountant who had discovered an account in her name, an account she didn’t know existed, according to court documents obtained by the Fox 8 I-Team.
The documents were filed Tuesday as part of a civil lawsuit brought by Aliza’s daughter, Jennifer, against her father Sanford Sherman.
Jennifer filed the suit in May 2014 over an alleged hidden bank account that her mother discovered during her divorce proceedings. Jennifer Sherman claims her father created an account containing about $2 million dollars in her mother’s name, without her knowledge.
Sanford Sherman, however, said during depositions the account was set up with his wife, Aliza’s, knowledge, and he used it to pay family expenses, which averaged $25,000 to $40,000.
Sanford Sherman's attorneys say the bank sent statements to Aliza Sherman monthly, and the money in the account would be considered marital assets. His attorneys also stated in a motion that Jennifer Sherman's claims are based in large measure on nothing more than speculation and innuendo.
But a motion filed this week states that Sanford Sherman used the assets in the account not for family purposes, but “were in part used for strippers, paramours, and to settle a defamation lawsuit that Aliza never knew about.”
The motion further states that Aliza was scared of him.
“Sanford intercepted Aliza’s mail, that Sanford became worried and agitated as the divorce progressed,” the motion reads in part.
Several of Aliza Sherman’s emails were attached to the documents filed in court.
“He will stop at nothing to hurt me, I don’t think I will ever be safe,” one email stated.
Aliza Sherman was murdered outside of her attorney’s office in March 2013, just days before her divorce case was set to go to trial. No one has been charged with her murder.
A longtime friend of Sanford Sherman also gave a deposition saying Sanford Sherman wanted his knowledge on how to commit the perfect crime.
But Sanford Sherman said in depositions he did not recall that conversation and he and his attorneys are asking a judge to dismiss the civil case, Sanford Sherman is not facing any criminal charges.
We reached out to attorneys for both sides, but have not heard back.
We don’t know when the judge will make a ruling on Sanford Sherman’s motion to have the civil case dismissed.
A pretrial is set for next month.