Chang should have been rushing to greet the billionaire, but instead he avoided him."He remained in the second floor of the house," Stein said.
- Former Miami socialite Ariel Stein said the days when he appeared on magazines, worked in public relations and had his own business were behind him.
A romantic relationship with Alberto Chang, who is under investigation for fraud, changed his life, Stein said.
While Stein was living with him in Chile, the venture capitalist gave him a Black Berry Porsche to track his whereabouts.
Chang's driver, housekeeper and personal assistant checked on him.
Stein said he was rarely able to make it to Miami Beach during the relationship.
He kept in touch with a friend, Jennifer Lind, a woman whom he met with her husband on a cruise ship. Stein said a friend later told him that Chang was "a great guy" because he had "volunteered" to be on the board of Endeavor Miami.
Lind said it didn't take long for her to notice that Stein's love for Chang was turning into fear."He wouldn't be able to talk on the phone," Lind said. It was just so sad." Stein said the mistrust in the relationship started with a little lie and ended with him learning that "he wasn't who he said he was." Stein said he still fears Chang. "He destroyed me."' TOO MANY' LIESStein said Chang told him in a pompous tone that he was honored to have been asked to be on the board of Endeavor Miami, a nonprofit tech business incubator that got a million grant from the John S. At first, Stein said, he thought Chang was trying to impress him. "He told me his mother sold her ring so that he could take a summer course in Stanford," Stein said. '"Stein said he helped Chang and his assistant with the now-infamous 2014 presentation at the University of Arkansas' Clinton School of Public Service.
"He would say things like, ' I just know the phones are being bugged,' and ' He knows everything I'm doing all the time,' and he sounded paranoid. "Then he said he had an MBA [master of business administration] and a behavioral sciences degree from Stanford. Chang claimed that his company had earnings of .8 billion a year and attributed his wealth to investing ,000 in Google in 1996. Stein said he grew suspicious about the claims when Chang had an opportunity to say hello to Google co-founder Sergey Brin at Necker Island.
"His self-confidence went from, ' I'm Ariel Stein and I'm going to rock this world,' to ' I'm just an insignificant mortal.'"Stein said that after the two broke up, he thought Chang was helping him recover, but now he said he believes that Chang was afraid that "he would talk." Records show that Chang paid about ,500 to send Stein to a secluded retreat in New York. He seemed ok, and when he came back he just seemed out of it," Salazar, 21, said. He seemed like he was like in a daze, like he was just very out of it.
The place turned out to be a behavioral program that released him to a nearby hospital. He was nothing like he used to be."Stein returned to an apartment in Miami Beach, where Chang had a key, Salazar said. He ended up homeless and sick with Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness.
When he returned to Miami, his friend Jesus Salazar couldn't believe what they had done to him. The former Miami socialite hasn't been able to work again, and a synagogue is keeping him from being homeless. That relationship with Alberto [Chang] ruined him." Copyright 2016 by WPLG Local10- All rights reserved.