Man Admits Adopting Girlfriend to Protect Fortune

Polo Baron John Goodman explains himself for the first time.
1:33 | 02/03/12

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-- that bizarre legal move in Palm Beach by a multi millionaire. The poll baron who adopted his girlfriend is now speaking out for the first time about why he's doing it and ABC's Matt Gutman has the story. This morning the multimillionaire John Goodman. Facing charges of DUI manslaughter. Admits he adopted he's 42 year old girlfriend. To safeguard his money. A statement released by the 48 year old founder of Palm -- -- international polo club doesn't hide his motive saying it would provide her with the status and ability. To protect the closely held family assets that. Only this adoption could give her -- held securely in a trust for good -- teenage children. And now -- 42 year old sister good -- for June is the target of a civil suit filed by the family of 23 year old Scott Wilson. According to the police -- left his opulent Palm Beach estate the night of February 12 2010 driving his Bentley at twice the speed limit. Loaded with twice the legal limit of alcohol. He knocked -- Scott Wilson's vehicle crossed the highway. Upside down into a drainage canal full -- Warner and fled the scene on foot. -- A look at chances from. This it would. -- lost -- -- will stand trial for that DUI manslaughter charge on March 6. Then face the Wilson's in civil court three weeks later for Good Morning America Matt Gutman ABC news Miami.

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