Catered to Death

A hard-charging wheeler-dealer, a catering perfectionist, and a bitterly dissatisfied wife -- it was a lethal mix

In a statement taken at her home about two weeks later, on May 15, she said Berlin had been upset that she'd stayed at the Colorado condominium, though she didn't specify on what date. "She had cleared one of the closets and when Mr. Berlin had found out, he had become very upset," according to the police report.

The future of the Signature companies is anything but clear. Berlin's estate is now in dispute. His fiancée, Winter, filed an objection with the court to prevent Bret Berlin's appointment as personal representative to the estate. Rebecca Fischer, who was Berlin's friend and the trustee for funds set aside for Bret and his half-sister, Ashley Berlin, has sued the siblings for replacing Fischer with other trustees.

Miami Herald
Michael Pecora (left) and Jerome Berlin built a catering empire in  South Florida, but a feud over a condo  and Arlene Pecora's role at the  company led to bad blood
Miami Herald
Michael Pecora (left) and Jerome Berlin built a catering empire in South Florida, but a feud over a condo and Arlene Pecora's role at the company led to bad blood

Meanwhile, Bret Berlin and Arlene Pecora have officially taken the reins of Signature. Morale is low, one employee says, adding, "We don't know who's at the helm."

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