One day after Aguiar disappeared, Faulkner, acting on Jamie Aguiar’s behest, fired the company’s chief financial officer, a move that Ellen Aguiar contends was premature, given his knowledge of the company’s financial affairs.
Scherer, however, claimed that he was fired for falling asleep and not doing his job.
“All of the mother’s claims are preposterous,” Scherer said, adding that her actions drove a wedge between family members.
Guma’s relationship with his wife, on the other hand, was “a love story,” Scherer said. His last text to his wife, Scherer said, was “I love you.”
A QUESTIONABLE DAY TO TAKE A RIDE OUT THE SEA
Aguiar is shown on his home’s surveillance video leaving their mansion at 1500 SE 10th St. at 7:36 p.m. on July 19. A small-craft warning had been issued for winds 15 to 20 knots, with thunderstorms and seas of up to five feet. Aguiar kept his fishing boat docked behind his home, next to his 77-foot yacht, Zion.
Another video acquired by Fort Lauderdale police shows him taxiing out to sea, apparently alone in the vessel. Sources say that, at one point, he stopped his vessel, about five miles out and idled for a short time.
When the boat washed ashore about 1:15 a.m. near Las Olas, there was no blood, bait or fishing gear on the boat, but a tie bar connecting the outboard engines was broken, an element necessary to help keep a boat stable. Aguiar’s cellphone and wallet were on the boat.
Jamie Aguiar called her mother-in-law about 2 a.m., crying hysterically that she feared something had happened to her husband. The U.S. Coast Guard searched by air and sea for three days, but found no sign of Aguiar.
Richard Baron, Ellen Aguiar’s lawyer, said his client is doing all she can to help police, including hiring investigators. She is hoping that Fort Lauderdale police do a thorough investigation and don’t write her son’s disappearance off as a suicide or accident.
His boat was equipped with a GPS, which the police are analyzing.
Aguiar’s will has not been made public, but court papers say that he has about $100 million in assets, including their home, their yacht and seven vehicles worth $1.1 million.
“They were just like any normal family. I would bet that 99 percent of the people who knew them had no idea that they were a couple of hundred million richer than the rest of us,’’ said Fred Haddad, his attorney and friend.
Haddad and Aguiar’s sons played on the same soccer team, and Haddad said he was very involved with his children, whose ages range from 10 months to 7.
NASTY CONFRONTATION WITH LOCAL POLICE
Haddad represented Aguiar in an ugly domestic violence case in which the entrepreneur was charged with threatening police, stalking, corruption by threat and violation of a protective order.
According to the report, on June 11, 2011, Jamie Aguiar called police because her husband had been calling and texting her in violation of a court restraining order.
Aguiar, who was driving his 2009 black Mercedes, was pulled over at Southeast 12th Court, arrested and placed in the patrol car, where he proceeded to kick the windows, shouting profanities and threats. They also found a bag of suspected marijuana in his vehicle.
“I am going to start to hurt people seriously,’’ he hollered. “I sent my guys there to kill somebody if they were at my house, they will assassinate somebody.”
He told Fort Lauderdale police officers that he would kill them and burn down their station, and also threatened to take his kids to Israel to get them away from his wife.
Haddad said police were aware that Aguiar was mentally ill. Eventually, he was able to negotiate a plea deal in which Aguiar received probation. His family — including his wife — all rallied around him to get him help, Haddad said.
When he ran into Aguiar at a soccer game afterward, he seemed fine. And during his whole ordeal, Haddad said Aguiar was never suicidal or even despondent.
“I was shocked that he disappeared. He was a good boater. It is just a mystery.”