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Widow, Former Boyfriend Charged In 1982 Plot

January 21, 1989 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) _ A woman and her former boyfriend have been arrested on charges of plotting the murder of the woman’s millionaire husband in order to collect more than $500,000 in life insurance.

Debra Hartmann, 36, was arrested Friday by federal and state agents at her Deerfield home, authorities said.

Also charged were former tennis pro John Scott Korabik Jr., 33, who was arrested outside his Chicago home, and Kenneth Kaenel, 56, an acquaintance of the couple.

They were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on charges of mail fraud and conspiracy.


Werner J. Hartmann, 38, who owned a suburban Franklin Park car stereo company, was shot to death in the bathroom of his north suburban Northbrook home on June 8, 1982, according to police.

The indictment alleged that Mrs. Hartmann and Korabik began planning in 1981 to have her husband killed. They are accused of enlisting Kaenel’s help and giving him weapons.

Authorities said investigators recovered three bullets from a gun found in Kaenel’s basement and that ballistics tests matched the bullets with those fired into Hartmann.

The indictment said that, in addition to collecting $587,940 from two insurance companies, Mrs. Hartmann also inherited her husband’s businesses and property.

A fourth person, insurance broker Harvey L. Loochtan, was charged with fraud and accepting an unspecified bribe in connection with the alleged forgeries of an insurance policy and an application for insurance.

Loochtan surrendered Friday, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and was released pending sentencing. Authorities said he is expected to testify as a government witness.

Mrs. Hartmann was released late Friday on $250,000 bond. Korabik was freed on $150,000 bond. Kaenel is already in federal prison on unrelated gun charges.

Nearly a year ago in an affidavit filed by a federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent James DeLorto, it was disclosed that Mrs. Hartmann, Korabik and Kaenel were suspected of plotting Hartmann’s death.