Ex-Tipitina's club owner's family sues him, alleging fraud
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former owner of both the Tipitina's music club and Orpheum Theater in New Orleans has been accused of defrauding his relatives out of $2 million.
The New Orleans Advocate reports Roland Von Kurnatowski is being sued by his sister and two nephews. Joan Hooper and her sons, Andre and Christian Hooper, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
The suit says Kurnatowski duped the three into investing the money into a series of development projects across Louisiana and Texas. It says Kurnatowski promised well-paying high-dollar tenants, but instead several occupants were other entities he controlled that paid little or no rent.
The Hoopers are seeking damages for several of their claims, including breach of contract and negligence.
Kurnatowski didn't respond to the newspaper's message seeking comment Thursday.