PALM BEACH — It’s been a tough week for Palm Beach’s elite.
Hours after Donald Trump bud and insurance mogul Bruce Gendelman had his son arrested after an argument, a sexy socialite who has been on Palm Beach police’s radar since her arrival here got nailed again.
This time, too-blonde Courtney Begel was popped for DUI in her third arrest in the past year, and her latest booking photo shows she did have blood-shot eyes.
Begel, 36, the widow of deceased 72-year-old Chicago hedge-funder Tom Begel, spent last night in the slammer after her 2 a.m. arrest at the wheel of a $213,000-Aston Martin, according to records.
Details are scant while the paperwork works its way through the system, but the young woman sure has been visible to authorities in the two years she has lived in a $1 million-condo on the ocean.
A year ago today, according to court records, Bebel was charged with felony defrauding an innkeeper after leaving Palm Beach’s Brazilian Court without paying for her $1,573-bill for one night at the chichi hotel.
According to court papers, the bill included numerous charges, including an in-room meal from Cafe Boulud.
Begel was accused of leaving after her credit card was declined several times. In time, cops caught up with her when they spotted the Aston Martin and drove her back to the hotel. When her card was declined again, they arrested her. In time, the office of State Attorney Dave Aronberg dropped the charge.
Also last year, Begel allegedly took a limo ride to go shopping on Worth Avenue and had the driver wait for her. Eight hours later, the driver was still waiting for her, and the bill had grown to $866. Begel allegedly refused to pay, and she was charged with a felony charge of hiring with intent to defraud and grand theft.
Begel was allowed into a first offender program by Aronberg’s office and the charges were dropped after she completed probation.
The woman’s dead husband was one of Chicago’s richest businessmen who contemplated buying baseball’s Chicago Cubs in the mid-2000s. He died in 2014.
Earlier this year, Courtney Begel made national news when she tried to sell her condo for $1.5 million and threw in an incentive when the crib failed to generate much interest: the 19th century high chair used by Jackie Kennedy to feed John Kennedy Jr., an item bought by Tom Begel in an auction for $85,000.
The condo, and the chair, have yet to find a new owner.
Begel didn’t return a call and text requesting comment.