Baby Leo Forrest's dad asked for remuneration payment – report

  • 23/07/2015
Baby Leo (File)
Baby Leo (File)

By 3 News online staff

A Kiwi father who raised around $500,000 for his Down syndrome son, Leo Forrest, reportedly requested a $90,000 remuneration payment from the money.

Samuel Forrest set up a trust – with Leo to be the primary beneficiary and himself as a discretionary beneficiary – with a payment of around $350,000, and that some funds were held back to purchase items such as a car and household items, according to correspondence the New Zealand Herald has seen.

The newspaper says Mr Forrest suggested he be paid $90,000 in the first year and up to $70,000 in the next as he is Leo's "primary caregiver".

However Mr Forrest has denied being paid these amounts.

"I don't know anything about that," he told the Herald. "There is a lot of speculation."

The money was raised online to bring Leo to New Zealand after Mr Forrest's Armenian wife left him.

The couple has now reconciled and live in Auckland.

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