06/18/2012 02:25 pm ET Updated Jun 20, 2012

Gary Giordano, Suspect In Robyn Gardner's Disappearance, Sues American Express For Insurance Money

The lone suspect in a Maryland woman's disappearance in Aruba is trying to get $3.5 million for the insurance policy he took out on her shortly before their trip.

Aruban police jailed Gary Giordano for months last year after he reported that Robyn Gardner, his travel companion, was missing, but they never charged him with a crime.

Giordano told police he believed she drowned while snorkeling last August, but cops don't think she accidentally vanished . Despite numerous searches, her body hasn't been found.

After his release in November, Giordano returned to Maryland.
Now, Giordano, 51, is suing American Express for $3.5 million, according to NBC Washington.

Although Gardner, 35, is presumed dead, AmEx won't pay Giordano's claim until a year after her death, NBC reported.

The hefty insurance policy may have been one of the factors that made Giordano a suspect last summer. Two days after Giordano notified authorities that Gardner was allegedly swept out to sea, he filed a claim to collect the accidental death insurance.

Last month, Giordano got into trouble again. Police in Annapolis charged him and a 46-year-old woman with indecent exposure after an officer allegedly saw the undressed couple having sex in a parked car.



Robyn Gardner, Maryland Woman, Missing in Aruba