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Prosecutors: Retired trader forged divorce papers to get annulment

Whlooks like real court document Divorce Decree is really fake.

What looks like a real court document of a Divorce Decree is really a fake.

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Updated: November 22, 2012 6:42AM

Is this a case of criminal chutzpah, or what!

Sneed has learned a retired multimillionaire CBOE trader was arrested last week for allegedly forging the stamp of a Cook County judge and the signature of an attorney on a divorce judgment decree — so he could obtain a religious annulment to marry his girlfriend.

The trader, Steve Fanady, who legally changed his name from Sotirios Fanuda in 2009, was arrested Thursday by Northfield police and charged with forgery of a fraudulent document by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. He was released on $100,000 bond.

The divorce file reads like a twisted Greek tragedy.

The forged document, reportedly stamped with the signatures of Domestic Relations Judge Nancy Katz and a divorce attorney, was used to obtain an ecclesiastical divorce from the Greek Orthodox church in August 2010, prosecutors said.

Fanady was still legally married at the time to Pamela Harnack, whom he wed in 2003 — and who filed for a divorce from him in 2008, according to Harnack’s attorney, Allan Masters.

In August 2010, the divorce remained unsettled due to a battle over money. It was finalized in August 2011.

Fanady reportedly wed his second wife, Gina, in an elaborate wedding in Greece, according to Masters.

◆ The buckshot: The divorce required Fanady to give his ex-wife 120,000 shares of CBOE stock worth about $3 million as well as back maintenance costs.

◆ The backshot: “No money has been exchanged yet despite a court order,” said Masters, who added Fanady was making $19,000 a year when he married Harnack — and was worth millions when she filed for divorce. Court papers show Fanady made $1.5 million a year working at the CBOE and has a net worth of $7.3 million.

◆ The final shot: Fanady, who describes himself as an unemployed former trader, claims: “The allegations are false. This is just another lie from my ex-wife, a bitter Winnetka trust fund baby and her politically connected father,” according to Fanady’s attorney.

The femme file . . .

Here we go again! The last-minute Chicago voter registrations shocked officials when they tallied it all up.

◆ To wit: They biggest voter registration jump in the last month is from women between the ages of 18-24. And once again, more than half the city’s registered voters are 44 years old and younger, according to Chicago Board of Elections Chairman Langdon Neal.

Boss at a loss . . .

Rocker Bruce Springsteen may want to help President Barack Obama’s campaign out with a new “Forward” song, but what the “Boss” came up with is . . . yucky!

◆ Check it out: During an Ohio rally for Obama, Springsteen sang:

“I kissed your sister then I kissed your mama/Usually this time of day I’m in my pajamas/Well, let’s vote for the man that got Osama/Forward! And away we go.

Pew news . . .

Ah, levity in the midst of war: New York’s conservative Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, who is known for his sense of humor, is among a Vatican delegation being sent to Syria.

Sneedlings . . .

Saturday’s birthdays: Tom Petty, 62; Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg), 41, and John Krasinski (right), 33 . . . Sunday’s birthdays: Carrie Fisher, 56; Jeff Goldblum, 60 and Pam Zekman, ageless.

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