The man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller and is at the center of a San Marino missing persons’ mystery will have seized gold coins and cash returned to him to help pay for his defense in his parental kidnapping case, as the Associated Press reports below:
BOSTON — The man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller will get back about half of the
gold coins and cash seized by authorities after he was arrested for allegedly kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter.
Prosecutors agreed Monday to turn over 160 gold coins — worth about $140,000 — and $6,480 in cash so he can pay for his defense. Prosecutors and the man’s attorneys said the money came from a divorce settlement with his ex-wife.
He has pleaded not guilty to parental kidnapping.
Authorities say Rockefeller is actually German citizen Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who has
been labeled a “person of interest” in the 1985 disappearance of a San Marino couple.
“Clark Rockefeller” was charged with kidnapping his daughter, Reigh, during a supervised visit in Boston in July. He was arrested in early August in Baltimore, where Reigh was found unharmed. The girl was returned to his ex-wife, Sandra Boss, who lives in London.
During the hearing in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday, Assistant District Attorney David Deakin said prosecutors agreed to return half of the seized cash and coins because there was no evidence Gerhartsreiter obtained it illegally and he “has a right to pay for his defense.”
The agreement allows Gerhartsreiter’s defense to seek the return of the rest of the money at a later date.
In all, authorities had seized 321 gold coins and nearly $13,000 in cash when Gerhartsreiter was arrested in Baltimore. Deakin said that prosecutors consider the money to be evidence of
pre-meditation in the kidnapping and plan to mention it at Gerhartsreiter’s trial.
Defense lawyer Tim Bradl said the Monday agreement also allows the defense to get the keys to his client’s Baltimore condominium. Bradl said his client wants his attorneys to retrieve dolls in the condo and return them to his daughter.
The FBI said in August that it had matched fingerprints from Gerhartsreiter’s immigration papers from the early 1980s to those taken from a wine glass he touched in July. He has insisted in interviews that his name is Clark Rockefeller and that he does not remember large chunks of his past.