NEW ORLEANS – Nothing ruins a friendship like money or trust
issues. In one case, it was money and trust issues, which led to
According to The
Advocate, former friends Dr. Alireza Sadeghi and Jason Adams are
involved in two multi-million dollar lawsuits, with Dr. Sadeghi being
the plaintiff in both suits. Dr. Sadeghi, a plastic surgeon in New
Orleans, filed both suits against Adams alleging that Adams stole
money from him.
Both men also are facing charges in separate criminal cases.
Adams, a local real-estate broker and investor, had had trust
placed in him by Dr. Sadeghi to handle business affairs. However, the
lawsuits claim that he has broken that trust with the
alleged total of stolen money being more than $4 million.
The first lawsuit alleges that Adams stole $3.7 million from Dr.
Sadeghi’s practice, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Center. The
$3.7 million total also includes a $2 million loan that Sadeghi
alleges Adams failed to repay him. It was also claimed in the lawsuit
filed by Sadeghi that that loan was for the purchase of an office
building in Hammond.
The second lawsuit alleges that another $519,000 was also taken by
Adams. That money was meant for construction on a property in Houma
Boulevard, but the money never reached the contractor supervising the
“Adams used to be in a position of trust and he abused that
position for his own personal gain,” David Halpern, Sadeghi’s
civil attorney, told The Louisiana Record in an email
Sadeghi also is accusing Adams of racketeering. In response, Adams
claimed Sadeghi was aware of where his money was heading and brought
up the suggestion of the $2 million loan to him to help “shelter
the money” during his divorce. Adams also alleged that he assisted
Sadeghi in a payment of $357,000 to a former employee Sadeghi to keep
quiet about their alleged affair.
Both men are also facing criminal charges. However, the charges
are independent of the lawsuits filed by Sadeghi and are each related
to separate incidents in the lives of Sadeghi and Adams.
Sadeghi is accused of raping his wife and illegally filming
several of his patients nude, despite the claim of his defense
attorneys that the videos were for only for medical purposes. He has
pleaded not guilty.
Adams is facing charges of negligent homicide after crashing his
Lamborghini into a floodwall back in May. The accident killed Adams'
passenger, a 23-year-old woman named Kristi Lynn Lirette. No trial
date has been set. Adams admitted that prior to the accident, he had
been drinking and speeding.
Despite the criminal charges both men are facing, Halpern said he
does not “believe there is any correlation.”
The lawyer is confident that the ruling will come down in
“We believe we will be successful in the litigation,” Halpern
Adams’ attorney, David Courcelle, was
unavailable to comment.