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Husband of woman found dead in luxury building garbage chute amid bitter divorce filed for bankruptcy

The estranged husband of a New York City woman who was found dead at the bottom of a garbage chute in a luxury Manhattan building was facing multimillion-dollar lawsuits and had filed for bankruptcy.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lara Prychodko was found dead late Tuesday afternoon at the bottom of a garbage chute in a Union Square apartment building. She is believed to have fallen 27 stories after falling or jumping in the chute where she was “crushed by multiple angles” by a trash compactor, the maintenance worker who found her told police.

Prychodko, 48, was going through an acrimonious divorce with David Schlachet, a NYC-based construction boss. They were reportedly arguing over the distribution of assets, including properties in the city.

The estranged couple share a son, and the New York Post said that Prychodko had lost custody of the boy. She was reportedly last seen on surveillance footage stumbling out of an elevator bank on the 27th floor, appearing drunk in the footage.

Prychodko’s father told reporters that he believes foul play was involved in his daughter’s death. Police have said death appears initially to have been the result of a fall or a jump, but the death is still under investigation.

The New York Post obtained court records showing that David Schlachet and his partners in Taocon, Inc. filed for bankruptcy in November 2016, shortly after the company was hit with two separate multimillion dollar lawsuits.

One, reportedly filed by billionaire financier Joseph Bae, accused the company of using money he paid them for a $20 million-dollar renovation to operate a “Ponzi scheme.” Another plaintiff, one-time Andy Warhol protégée “Baby Jane” Holzer, said that the work on Bae’s property “caused the complete collapse of [her] second floor front ceiling.”

The current status of the lawsuits is not known at this time. Schlachet has not spoken publicly about his estranged wife’s death.