AMEX Assurance Company Sues Gary Giordano Over Missing Robyn Gardner in Aruba to Void Travel Insurance Policy
AMEX Assurance Company is suing the Maryland man, Gary Giordano, who was jailed for months in Aruba in the suspected death and disappearance of his traveling companion Robyn Gardner. AMEX is looking to void a travel insurance policy that Gary Giordano took out in Robyn Gardner’s name before their Caribbean vacation last year. Thirty-five year old Robyn Gardner went missing in Aruba on August 2, 2011 when she was reportedly snorkeling according to Giordano. The inconsistencies in his stories led to Gary Giordano being arrested in Aruba on suspicion of murder. He was later released.
The subsidiary, AMEX Assurance Company, seeks to void a travel insurance policy that Gary Giordano, of Gaithersburg, took out in Robyn Gardner’s name before their Caribbean vacation last year. The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Maryland, says the policy isn’t legally enforceable because Giordano and Gardner aren’t married or otherwise related, weren’t business partners and didn’t own property together.
It also accuses him of lying on insurance forms by identifying Gardner as his “partner” when the two actually had what the company calls a “casual and non-exclusive” relationship.
“You have to have an economic interest in the person” when taking out a policy, American Express spokeswoman Gail Wasserman said Monday.
The suit also says that Gardner remains a missing person and that aside from Giordano’s public statements suggesting she is dead, “there is no other direct evidence that she is no longer alive.”