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SERENA and Venus Willaims’ father Richard and his family have accused his estranged wife of ‘taking everything’ and blowing his cash before their bitter divorce battle.

The former tennis coach, 80, has been trapped in a lengthy court war with his ex Lakeisha, who forged his signature to transfer his home over to her name, according to court docs.

Richard Williams is desperate to finalize his divorce after suspecting she was stealing from him

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Richard Williams is desperate to finalize his divorce after suspecting she was stealing from himCredit: John Chapple for The US Sun
Richard and Lakeisha at the 2010 US OPEN Opening Night Ceremony during happier times

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Richard and Lakeisha at the 2010 US OPEN Opening Night Ceremony during happier timesCredit: Getty

The pair, who met at a tennis match in Miami, tied the knot in 2010, and share custody of their son, Dylan, 10, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Richard is still pushing to save his marital property in Palm Beach Gardens, which he claimed in court filings was passed over to Lakeisha for just ten bucks.

Lakeisha then approached “hard lender” David Simon, who loaned her $279,000, which she blew on a failed trucking business, according to court documents.

But Richard and his son, Chavoita LeSane, allege problems with his ex came about before they discovered he had lost his home to Lakeisha.

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“My first concern, as far as Lakeisha and the relationship with my dad, I think began when my dad started having concerns about money disappearing,” he told The U.S. Sun.

“He would want me to figure out why his [social security] checks stopped coming to him. What was going on? And that really became very alarming to me.

“I started wondering why his social security checks were even of importance, financially, so it was just very odd.

“My dad’s very astute when it comes to his finances. So social security checks were not like, so great that my dad needed to rely on [them] to take care of himself, month to month.

“I started talking to him and I started realizing I needed to pay more attention to what was going on at the house.

“I can’t remember how long it was into the relationship as far as my dad starting to have financial headaches, like, ‘What’s going on with my social security checks?’

“But I just know that there were issues where he was not happy with the way things were being handled with his finances.”

‘MISSING MONEY’

In his divorce petition, originally published by the Daily Mail, Richard accused Lakeisha of stealing his social security checks and forging his signature to take ownership of vehicles.

Although the family is yet to file any police report or civil claim regarding this, Chavoita insists they are seeking legal advice and gathering together documents, saying the situation is far from over.

The U.S. Sun has reached out to Lakeisha’s lawyer for comment but did not hear back.

“Lakeisha took the Mercedes, she took the bus, she took money, what else was it? The motorcycle,” Chavoita went on to allege, as he shook his head in disgust.

“There are so many things that she stole or forged documents for him. That’s considered elder abuse.

“We’re just putting all of it together, it’s a lot. This whole situation has been frustrating.”

Richard, who has had multiple strokes and has some communication problems, is reluctant to hit out at his ex as they go through the motions legally.

But he told The U.S. Sun he is desperate to get a divorce, and confirmed his son’s claims his vehicles disappeared and he was concerned about his social security checks.

BOMBSHELL DOCS

“She took everything,” he claimed. “But I think she’s a very good mom. Junior is in school right now, he’s doing extraordinarily well.”

Asked if he ever bought her any gifts, he said: “A Porsche, I paid for the Porsche,” adding that he then suspected she was forging his signature to sell his property.

In court documents seen by The U.S. Sun, Richard accuses her of taking his social security checks and transferring vehicles into her name, and selling them.

Lakeisha admitted in a separate lawsuit with David Simon to selling Richard’s motor home behind his back by forging his signature on official docs – but says it was only because she and their son Dylan were left starving by him.

Proof of the theft came to light in a transcript of a testimony she provided to Palm Beach County Court. 

She admitted to changing the name on official documents so that her friend Brandy Clark had power of attorney on the bus, which meant it was much easier for Lakeisha to sell it.

Lakeisha claimed that it was because she had no money or food, saying: “It was my son and I not getting any money, so I had to sell it so I can eat and my son can eat.”

She admitted that the docs were changed on 8 February 2016 without Richard’s permission, but says it was because “we didn’t have anything.”

But Richard and his legal team rubbished her claim and alleged it isn’t the first time that she’s used Brandy Clark to help facilitate the sale of Richard’s cars.

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His lawyer, Thomas Gruseck, said in docs: “If we look through the records of the Department of Motor Vehicles in the State of Florida, would there be other transfers of vehicles involving Brandy Clark?” with Lakeisha admitting that she’s “not sure.”

Richard, who is a devoted Jehovah’s Witness, said he could forgive her, but he no longer wanted to be in a relationship with her and is now keen for the divorce to be finalized.

The pair have been going through the courts for six years after she forged his signature on the deed for their house

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The pair have been going through the courts for six years after she forged his signature on the deed for their houseCredit: Getty
The disputed property in West Palm Beach, Florida, which Richard is still fighting for

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The disputed property in West Palm Beach, Florida, which Richard is still fighting forCredit: The U.S. Sun
The 80-year-old and his son Chavoita, 49, sat down for an interview with The U.S. Sun

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The 80-year-old and his son Chavoita, 49, sat down for an interview with The U.S. SunCredit: John Chapple for The US Sun



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