Las Vegas philanthropist Cindy Doumani has filed a lawsuit accusing her longtime friend, Vera Goulet, of failing to repay most of a $90,000 loan.
Goulet, who also lives in Las Vegas, is the widow of singer and actor Robert Goulet, who died in 2007. Attempts to reach her for comment on the lawsuit were unsuccessful.
Doumani filed the complaint May 13 in Clark County District Court under her legal name, Sydney Doumani. She is represented by attorney Alan Buttell.
According to the lawsuit, Goulet “sought out” Doumani in 2011 and asked to borrow $90,000.
The document claims Goulet first borrowed $60,000 from Doumani with repayment promised “within a few months,” then borrowed another $30,000 “with a promise to repay the total of the money borrowed.”
According to the lawsuit, Doumani received two payments totaling $1,500 from Goulet in 2014.
“No further payment to the plaintiff was received from, or on behalf of, the defendant,” the document alleges.
According to the lawsuit, Doumani has demanded repayment, but Goulet “now refuses” Doumani’s efforts to communicate with her.
The lawsuit seeks a judgment of $88,500, plus interest, and $3,500 in attorney fees.
Included as exhibits with the lawsuit are a $60,000 check made out to Goulet and signed by Cindy Doumani on Feb. 17, 2011, and a $30,000 check made out to Goulet and signed by Cindy Doumani on July 19, 2011.
Also included is a June 17, 2014, letter from Goulet to Doumani reading “Please know that you are constantly on my mind and that I am trying very hard to repay you. Also know that I will be eternally grateful for your understanding and kindness.”
The letter indicates that Goulet enclosed a check for $1,000 “as partial repayment.”
Vera Goulet was Robert Goulet’s business manager when they were married in 1982. Vera Goulet, who was born in Macedonia, became a U.S. citizen in August 2003, and her husband sang “God Bless America” during the naturalization ceremony in Las Vegas.
A longtime Las Vegas personality, Goulet died in Los Angeles. The Las Vegas Strip was closed on Nov. 9, 2007, for his funeral procession.
Doumani, a former showgirl, is married to former Tropicana owner Fred Doumani Sr.