Jan 27, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT
Tiger Woods: Immigration scofflaw? If it’s true that he had been playing the back nine with 42-year-old Canadian Emma Rotherham (pictured far right), and then paid her $500,000 to keep quiet about it, he may have some explaining to do with U.S. tax and immigration authorities. Not to mention Ms. Rotherham herself. That’s according to the Vancouver Province, which maintains that Rotherham — who has both Canadian and British passports and grew up in Montreal — was in the U.S. illegally when she hooked up with Woods. (Lou Dobbs is furious. And slightly aroused).
Sources told The Province that Rotherham, 42, who was raised in Montreal, may be in the United States illegally because she was deported a few years ago. It emerged this week that Rotherham was paid more than $500,000 in hush money to keep quiet about their affair.
Media reports said Rotherham had concocted a story that she was having golf lessons to maintain her affair with Woods in Florida. She invented the story to tell friends and family, the Daily Mail said.
She claimed to be receiving tuition from an instructor called Jose, whereas she was in fact racing to Woods’ office in Windermere for sex sessions, the paper said.
She had reportedly signed a confidentiality agreement after a member of the golfer’s security team handed her a sports bag stuffed with half-a-million dollars in $100 bills.
Now she fears she will be liable for tax in the U.S. over the alleged pay-off, the paper said.
“I don’t know how she got back into the U.S. and stayed there after we heard she was deported,” said another relative, contacted by the Province.
Mystery surrounds Tiger Woods’ Canadian mistress [Vancouver Province]
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