The property management company CEO who fatally shot his wife and daughter before turning the 12-gauge shotgun on himself had been mired in allegations of financial wrongdoing, according to lawsuits filed against him. In one lawsuit that was in the middle of discovery, Steven Dym allegedly withdrew over $20,000 from one client's account without the client's permission.

On Friday morning, a house cleaner arrived at Dym's home in Pound Ridge and found the body Dym, 56, as well as the bodies of his wife Loretta, 56, and daughter, Caroline, 18, on the second floor landing. Loretta Dym was an executive at Club Quarters, a company that specializes in full-service living arrangements for business travelers, while Caroline Dym was a rising senior at Sacred Heart Greenwich.

A son, William, 20, had just started his sophomore year at the University of Southern California; he returned to his home after news of his family's deaths.

Steven Dym headed Gabriel Management, a Queens-based firm that his father started. In a lawsuit filed in August 2016, the owner of properties in Forest Hills accused Dym of withdrawing $21,939.75 from the Chase bank account and depositing it into another company's account earlier in the year. The owner decided to change property managers and asked for all bookkeeping and records for the properties, but Dym kept stalling, according to the complaint, which states, "Dym...claimed that the records were in storage he could not produce them" and "was unsure of the exact location of the books and records in storage and needed time to locate them."

The lawyer representing the plaintiff, Richard Walsh, "told The News at least $180,000 in tenant payments to Dym’s company wasn’t reflected in management reports."

"What happened on Friday came as a complete surprise to me and my clients," Walsh said to Gothamist.

A compliance conference related to the lawsuit was held last week, and Walsh said that Dym was not there, emphasizing that it was not a hearing. "We are in the middle of discovery in the accounting portion of the lawsuit," he explained.

According to the Post, "One suit filed by the owners of an East Village building in 2015 said Dym and his company, Gabriel Management, used the building’s account as a private piggy bank. 'The amount of money that has been unaccounted for and upon information and belief has been misappropriated by Gabriel and Dym over a five-year period is upon information and belief at least $200,000,' the suit reads."

Another client, Louis K. Meisel, who owns a co-op at 141 Prince Street in Soho, claimed that his co-op board found that Dym "was pilfering from accounts about five years ago," the Post reports.

Meisel said,"There were a number of buildings he ripped off. Our case attorney negotiated a settlement of $50,000."

The Daily News also says
, "In 2014, Dym also got hauled into Manhattan Supreme Court by a property owner who claimed Dym’s management businesses botched job duties, including failing to collect tenant security deposits. That case settled last year."

Walsh, the lawyer whose suit against Gabriel Management was in progress, said, "We are evaluating what needs to be done."

Dym had grown up in the house at 23 Fox Hill Road, and the Journal News noted, "On Nov. 11, 1992, Steven Dym’s mother, Paula, attacked her husband, Lawrence — who was also once president of Gabriel Management for years — with the handle of a hatchet, striking him in the head as he slept."

A neighbor said that Dym had renovated the home extensively, and the five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath property had been on the market for $1.699 million. Photographs on real estate websites show a meticulously designed home on two acres, with a pool and poolside patio with fireplace.

Pound Ridge Police Chief David Ryan said the home had been sold recently, but before the shootings Dym reportedly commented, cryptically, "Maybe we're not moving."

Ryan told reporters, "I’m sure we’ll uncover all red flags and indications, but there was certainly nothing glaring out there that says this was even a potential possibility."

A funeral for Steven, Loretta and Caroline Dym is being held today in Bedford. The police chief also said of William, "As you can expect, the child is in shock. He has tremendous support from both sides so this family, and extended community family. He’s a little overwhelmed right now, and I just think we need to allow him to grieve."