US woman's fraud action set for April


An action by an American woman who claims she was defrauded of millions by her Irish former fiance will be heard at the High Court on April 30th, it was said in court yesterday.

Elisa Rodino claims Thomas J Queally stole about $4 million (€3 million) of her money and lodged much of that in a bank in Ennis, Co Clare. She also claims Mr Queally had been living a double life and had another fiancee while he was engaged to her.

Mr Queally denies the claims and denies he transferred money from a joint account in the US to his bank account in Ireland without her authorisation. He claims that while he was in a relationship with Ms Rodino, he was never her fiance.

Lawyers for Ms Rodino last month secured temporary account freezing orders against Mr Queally, Sherman Avenue, Yonkers, New York, and originally from Lahaknock, Kilmaley, Co Clare, preventing him reducing a savings account at Permanent TSB in Ennis, Co Clare, below €1.6 million.Ms Rodino, Cathedral Avenue, Hempstead, New York, claims the money in that account, approximately $2 million (€1.5 million), is hers and that it was moved by Mr Queally from a joint account held in the US in both their names.