Family files suit over $15 million insurance policy

Germaine Tomlinson in a picture the night before she died.
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Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - The wife of millionaire Stephen Hilbert wants the payout of her mother's insurance policy withheld.

Germaine Tomlinson was found dead in her home in the Crystal Lake Subdivision on the north side in September 2008. In a March 25 statement, Tomlinson's daughter, Tommie Sue Hilbert, wrote, "When we were called to her home, we found broken glass and she was fully clothed, face down in her bathtub, drowned."

The coroner's office ruled her death "affixia by drowning," an accident after drinking. Tomlinson's family said they learned months later about a $15 million insurance policy on her life.

In a photograph taken at The Blu Martini on her last night alive, Tomlinson appears with 36-year-old JB Carson. Court records obtained by Eyewitness News show Carson's company, reportedly in financial trouble, was the beneficiary of the insurance policy.

The manager at The Blu Martini briefed his employees on the insurance controversy case that just might put their night spot in the national spotlight. The Wall Street Journal has already published the million-dollar controversy.

Hilbert family attorney Judy Wood issued a statement Monday saying insurance companies have accepted substantial premiums and other companies have financed the policies with the intent of realizing significant profits.

Those profits are currently tied up in civil court. Tomlinson's family not only wants the $15 million payout withheld, but also wants the investigation into her death reopened.