A former stripper has bagged a six-figure inheritance left by an HBO executive she had met in six months before his death.
Veronica Beckham, 34, will be cashing in on $223,000 that was left to her by Micky Liu, 50, an IT director at HBO.
Liu, who died in March 2015, was struggling with obesity, a heart condition, diabetes and alcoholism.
Beckham first met Liu in July 2014, at the Scores strip club in Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal hotel.
Former stripper, Veronica Beckham (left and right), 34, has bagged a $223,000 inheritance left to her by HBO executive, Micky Liu, 50 whom she met six months before his death
Beckham first met Liu in July 2014, at the Scores strip club in Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal hotel (pictured)
Three months after his death, Beckham claimed she found out that Liu had named her the beneficiary of his 401(k) account, retirement plan and life insurance policy.
‘We had more of an everlasting friendship,’ Beckham explained as the reason for Liu leaving her his money.
But Liu’s family accused Beckham of seducing Liu, who they say was a lonely man, into leaving her his life savings.
Liu’s sister May Liu claims Beckham initiated a sexual relationship with the express purpose of milking her brother of his fortune.
‘Beckham, as a professional exotic dancer, was adept at applying and using coercion and manipulation upon men,’ May Liu alleged in Surrogate’s Court documents filed in 2016, that was obtained by DNAinfo.
‘Immediately after Beckham met Micky Liu, she preyed upon Micky Liu’s vulnerability by exerting influence over him in the form of moral coercion and by performing sexual acts on and with Micky Liu.’
May Liu has demanded to have her brother’s money returned.
During their first meeting, Beckham said they hung out for about a half-hour in the club before leaving to spend some time with Liu’s friends in the casino.
Three months after his death, Beckham (pictured) claimed she found out that Liu had named her the beneficiary of his 401(k) account, retirement plan and life insurance policy. But Liu’s family accused Beckham of seducing Liu into leaving her his life savings
Beckham said she learned of Liu’s death a month after he died in March 2015
After that, Liu returned to New York while Beckham flew to Florida to see her mother, who was sick.
But the two kept in contact over the phone, with calls and text messages, and when Beckham had to return to New Jersey in August to end her lease, she claimed Liu paid for her ticket home.
He also let her stay at his bachelor’s pad in Midtown for a little more than a month as she settled her affairs.
Despite Liu’s sister’s claims that the two had a sexual relationship, Beckham claimed they only ever were friends – though she does admit they talked about whether to become romantic at one point.
During the 35 days she lived with Liu, Beckham said he let her sleep in his bed while he slept on the couch.
She also went back to stripping, working about two to three times a week at the Scores club in Manhattan.
Beckham moved back to Florida on October 2, and it was later that month that Liu started adding her to his will.
On October 21, Liu made her the beneficiary on his 401(k) plan. Just three days later, he sent her a desperate email expressing his love and affection.
Despite Liu’s sister’s claims that the two had a sexual relationship, Beckham claimed they only ever were friends – though she does admit they talked about whether to become romantic at one point. Beckham is pictured with rapper Snoop Dogg
‘Sweet Veronica, there’s nothing in me that would ever say or do anything to intentionally hurt you. I love and care for you dearly. I wish you knew,’ he wrote on October 24 at around 4am.
Liu made Beckham the beneficiary of his life insurance police and his IRA in late January, the same month he traveled to Florida to visit her.
But by then, it seemed that Beckham was becoming more and more distant with Liu, according to one of his email exchanges.
‘I do worry about you,’ he wrote in an email on January 20. ‘And I miss you. Why is it taking you so long to get your phone replaced? Money? Need some? I’m not used to not being able to contact you.’
Liu passed away on March 17, 2015, and Beckham said she didn’t learn of his death until more than a month later.
Justice Rita Mella said there was nothing she could do because only prior beneficiaries, in this case, the Liu’s former girlfriend, could sue for the funds, according to the New York Post.
May Liu’s lawyer said the family is still not ready to throw in the towel.
‘We’re reviewing the decision,’ said her attorney, Stephen Holihan.