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Teen Paid $27,500 To Work ‘Hour Or So’

Tue., March 14, 1995

The teenage girlfriend of the United Way’s ousted leader testified Monday that she was paid $27,500 a year to do a job that took less than two hours.

Lori Villasor said that during her four-year romance with former United Way of America chief William Aramony, she worked for the charity’s former chief financial officer, Thomas J. Merlo.

She said she was paid an annual consulting fee of $27,500 to explore real-estate development opportunities for Merlo’s Miami shopping center development company.

Under questioning, she admitted the sum of that work took “an hour or so.”

Aramony, Merlo and former Aramony aide Stephen J. Paulachak are accused of looting United Way and a spinoff company of more than $1 million.

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