Lawyers For Enid Greene and Joe Waldholtz Reach Divorce Settlement
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Rep. Enid Greene and ex-husband Joe Waldholtz have reached a divorce settlement that gives Greene sole custody of their 1-year-old daughter.
The agreement Thursday also covers property issues and averts a trial that was to begin Tuesday.
Waldholtz, who wanted joint custody of their daughter, is ``not happy with how things have turned out, but he’s satisfied that he got a fair shake,″ said Greg Skordas, Waldholtz’s lawyer.
The couple were divorced in June, but the judge left open the question of custody of their daughter, Elizabeth, and the division of their common property.
Waldholtz has pleaded guilty to four federal counts of bank, election and tax fraud and is awaiting sentencing Sept. 19 in Washington.
The charges stem from a $3 million check-kiting scheme, fraudulent filing of Greene’s 1994 campaign reports when Waldholtz served as her treasurer, and a fraudulent tax return he caused her to file for 1993.
The issue of custody will likely be brought up again, Skordas said.
``Joe has the right to petition the court to change this settlement,″ Greene said from the Republican National Convention in San Diego. ``But as far as I’m concerned, this is over.″
Greene is not seeking re-election.
The settlement also says that Waldholtz gets $20,000 from their common property, but it is to be turned over to Greene’s father, D. Forrest Greene, Skordas said.
A state judge this summer granted a $3.9 million default judgment against Waldholtz for his failure to respond to a lawsuit filed against him by his former father-in-law. Forrest Greene claimed Waldholtz duped him into giving and loaning Waldholtz the money.
Enid Greene’s attorney, Charles Roistacher, said it is unlikely Forrest Greene will be able to recover the remaining $3,967,426, after the $20,000 credit because Waldholtz apparently has no assets.