The Stephen Hilbert family is well known in Indiana. Hilbert founded insurance giant Conseco, which he ran until he was forced out because he owed the company hundreds of millions of dollars. When the company sued Hilbert to collect the giant debt, he tried to hide behind a series of trusts to shelter his fortune. Our book, Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights!, includes the Hilbert story to highlight what trusts are not intended to be used for.
But now Stephen Hilbert and his family are in the news for a different reason. Hilbert’s mother-in-law, Germaine “Suzy” Tomlinson, died under very questionable circumstances on September 28, 2008 at age 74.
Her death was ruled an accident. Hilbert and his wife aren’t so sure. Tomlinson was found fully dressed, face down in her bathtub, where she had drowned after a late night of drinking at a night club. [See picture which reportedly was taken the night before she died]
There was broken glass, a shelf knocked over and a