Missouri Mother Guilty of Stalking Daughter's Ex-Boyfriend in Memphis

Missouri Mother Guilty of Stalking Daughter's Ex-Boyfriend in Memphis

A Springfield, Missouri mother pleaded guilty in Tennessee to "stalking" her daughter's ex-boyfriend.
MEMPHIS, TN— A Springfield, Missouri mother pleaded guilty in Tennessee to "stalking" her daughter's ex-boyfriend. She also hired hit men to "rough him up" and tried planting hidden cameras in his home. Nadia Cavner, 53, stalked and harassed her daughter's ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend in Memphis. It turned into a federal case when she crossed state lines. Now she's facing prison time.

She calls herself the number one financial adviser in Missouri. Nadia Cavner spent tens of thousands of dollars, not on her business, but to harass and intimate her daughter's ex-boyfriend, who now lives in Memphis. It's unclear how the relationship ended.

“I cannot discuss any facts of the case. We have ethical considerations. We have sentencing pending and we're not allowed to,” said Cavner’s attorney Steve Farese.

According to court documents, the ex-boyfriend moved to Memphis to attend UT Medical School. He found another girlfriend but Cavner wasn't having it. She went above and beyond to make their lives miserable.

"Interstate stalking means either you physically crossed a state line while you're doing the stalking or you used a facility for interstate commerce like a telephone or a fax machine or the internet or email to do the stalking,” said University of Memphis Law Professor Steve Mulroy.

The 53 year old mother did all of that and more between July and November 2011. Cavner met with her private investigators at the Peabody Hotel. She said she "didn't want to kill him" just "rough him up" like "break an arm." The new girlfriend wasn't getting off either. Cavner hired women to flirt with the boyfriend, wanted to plant drugs in her home, and even tried to pay officers to charge her with DUI. The feds intervened before the new couple was physically harmed.

“Even if the person you speak to never makes a move towards assaulting a person you've solicited them to do it and you've attempted to do it and that in itself is a criminal act,” said Mulroy.

Cavner comes from a family with money. According to her website, her father is an oil-industry entrepreneur. She's an adviser with Cambridge Investment Research. Cavner oversees more than $485 million in assets. Now she's a convicted felon.

"She is very strong. She's resolved to continue her philanthropy which is very considerable. She donates, thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars in various charities, she plans to continue that,” said Farese.

Cavner's attorney said she's "remorseful" about everything. The sentencing trial is August 1st at 9 a.m. She can face a maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and 5 years in federal prison.
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