‘The General’ and the Widow

A former mob informant received a $100 million inheritance from a widow in New York. Questions abound about what happened.

Details about the life of Alben Sagan, known as “The General,” are sketchy. There is a good reason for that. Alben Sagan is not the man’s birth name. It is the name that federal authorities gave him when he entered the witness protection program.

It is known that Sagan was formerly a military officer in Eastern Europe who informed the government about many mob-related crimes and was put into witness protection and given a new life in Wisconsin as dna info reported in “How a Mob Informant Who Left Witness Protection Got $100M From a Widow.”

Sagan was apparently not happy with his new life and at some point returned to New York City. In 2008 he showed up at the home of Lee Power, a wealthy widow, to ask about renting an apartment in one of her many properties. Soon after that Sagan became Power’s driver.

However, their relationship grew from there and eventually Sagan controlled every aspect of Power’s businesses.

When she passed away in 2014, it was discovered that her estate plan had been changed to leave almost everything to Sagan. Under the new estate plan he would receive approximately $100 million in assets.

Power’s family has challenged the validity of the estate plan claiming undue influence. They appear to have good grounds for the claim.

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Reference: dna info (Sept. 20, 2016) “How a Mob Informant Who Left Witness Protection Got $100M From a Widow.”