Lerlin’s shaky marriage on the line as her empire keeps crumbling

2014-05-15 00:00

AS Lerlin Goss’s fake business empire crashes down, a love triangle involving her former bodyguard and her husband could see her marriage come to an equally sudden end.

This startling revelation comes just a day after The Witness exposed Lerlin as a fraudster who attempted to build up a business empire on a stolen business profile, lied about her qualifications and paid for services with fake electronic transfer slips.

Her husband Ashley Goss — who has denied having any knowledge of Goss Real Estate — told The Witness his marriage “was on the rocks” and that he has “no idea” where his wife could be, claiming she could even be “in jail”.

He was adamant that the company collapsed at the hands of Lerlin’s bodyguard-come-CEO Shaylee Janniker, who he also suspects of having an affair with his wife. Both charges were denied by Janniker.

Despite being adamant that he and his lost wife are seeking a divorce, his Facebook page is full of messages of love for his wife.

“Shaylee handled everything. He was the CEO — he handled the payments, he had a 10% share in the business. I don’t know anything about it [the business],” said Ashley.

He denied any involvement in the business despite appearing on the company profile as operations director credited with, what he admits as, a bogus degree from the University of Zululand.

“We are looking to divorce but Lerlin has gone missing. I can’t even find her. She may be in jail for all I know and I don’t have any other cellphone numbers for her. I have not spoken to her in days.”

He said he could not answer any questions about his wife’s qualifications or business but was “shocked, flabbergasted” that the business “might be a scam” and said that Lerlin “genuinely wanted the business to work”.

But he said their marriage of 20 years was shaky. “I don’t know if she had an affair with Shaylee but there was a suspicion. I blew up over it and have since come to stay in Durban,” he said.

Janniker denies running the business into the ground and said he would only “comfort” Lerlin when he was her bodyguard.

“Lerlin had control of the business, not me. We knew each other from school. She first brought me in as a bodyguard as she was receiving death threats. She then appreciated my advice on the business and I was promoted first to operations manager and then CEO but I was never paid and she was training me.

“I deny having an affair with Lerlin. Yes, I comforted her but only when I was protecting her. It was uncomfortable. I did confront Ashley on this issue and thought we had worked it all out,” he said.

But Ashley’s mother — Fay Goss — who denied any knowledge of her son or Lerlin’s whereabouts, said the marriage was “up and down” when visited at her Durban North home. “Their marriage has been a bit shaky recently. I haven’t seen either of them for at least a week when they last visited,” said Fay.

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