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Michelle says she always knew Weinberger was alive. "I think it was due to a combination of a gut instinct that I had, but also his strange behavior two months prior to leaving," she says. "He had been planning it for two months, and I could kind of see that he was distant and he was drifting away."
Feeling lost and devastated, Michelle says she had no way to deal with the $6 million debt. "You file bankruptcy like everybody else," she says. "And you start over."
The betrayal, Michelle says, was worse than the debt. "He was my best friend," she says. "He was the person that I woke up next to every morning, and the betrayal really stung. It was hard to get over."
After Weinberger was captured, he was extradited to the United States on 22 counts of health care fraud, and is currently negotiating to plead guilty and serve four years in prison. "He's awaiting his sentencing hearing," Michelle says. "The pity was kind of transposed once I realized that he has no sense of accountability or responsibility. He doesn't apologize at all for what he did."
Michelle says she hasn't had any contact with Weinberger and doesn't feel it would be worth it. When Michelle first appeared on The Oprah Show, she says she really wanted answers from him. However, she says Oprah gave her advice that helped her move on. "I wanted to know 'Why did you do this to me?'" she says to Oprah, "You said, 'You're not going to get closure from him. You're going to have to find it yourself.' And that's so true."
Since that interview, Michelle has earned a doctorate in neuropsychology and says she's been able to find closure. "I'm so glad I stayed in school and that I didn't quit for him because living your life for somebody else never pays off," she says.