Ex-Hooker Estate Fight: Daughters Of Slain Millionaire Awarded Allowance

Thursday, 02 May 2013 10:24 AM

By Megan Anderle

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The two young daughters of a former hooker and slain millionaire Ravi Kumra have a valid claim to Kumra's estate, a judge ruled Tuesday, asserting there is "clear and convincing evidence" that he is their biological father, therefore entitling them to a family allowance.

The daughters, aged 7 and 9, will each receive a $1,800 monthly allowance, but the case isn't quite over yet – the courts have yet to determine whether they will receive half of his estate. Their attorneys are currently pitted against Kumra's grown older daughters for the property.

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Keila Goggins, a former hooker and mother of the girls, called the ruling "absolutely wonderful," according to the San Jose Mercury News.

"It is what he would have wanted," said Goggins, 40, who lives out of state with her children. "It's a wonderful start to making sure that my girls can get their colleges aken care of and their needs, so they would have no limitation on where they wanted to go and what they wanted to be."

Five months ago, Kumra was killed in his Monte Sereno mansion. Officials say gang members with alleged ties to some of Kumra's prostitute girlfriends allegedly broke in, bound and gagged him, and ransacked the house, according to the San Jose Mercury News. He died of asphyxiation, police said.

Kumra earned his fortune by investing in technology, making millions in the wireless industry.

Three men and two alleged prostitutes suspected of the murder are in custody awaiting trial.

At the time of the attack, Kumra's ex-wife, Harinder, who was still living with the millionaire after their divorce, was also beaten.

Harinder's daughters, who are embroiled in the lawsuit, claim Goggins' daughters were conceived through artificial insemination, but the court determined that wasn't true. Goggins and her daughters had a close relationship with Kumra, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Cain said.

"He openly held them out as his own children and acknowledged them as such," Cain said. "He often vacationed with the girls and their mother, including going to Disneyland. Kumra talked to the girls by phone and by email. The girls called him 'Pappi.'"

Goggins said she and Kumra decided to have children together and he paid her between $3,000 and $5,000 a month to live in a house and be a stay-at-home mother, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

"Ravi wanted to make sure I was home when the girls came home, to help them with their homework, to make sure they had a well-balanced, home-cooked meal on the table at 5:30 or 6, in the shower by seven, in bed by eight.

"It wasn't about the money. I'm not going to lie, it's not that it didn't help, but that's not all I saw," she said.

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