Saturday 18 November 2017

Nama hired investigators to spy on me, says Killilea

Gayle Killilea claims she was harassed by Nama. Photo: Douglas Healey
Gayle Killilea claims she was harassed by Nama. Photo: Douglas Healey
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The wife of bust developer Sean Dunne has accused Nama of conducting a "campaign of harassment" against her.

Former gossip columnist Gayle Killilea claimed the agency had hired investigators to spy on her and abused its power by leaking information to the media.

She also said she had filed a criminal complaint with gardaí over her alleged treatment.

The allegations were made in papers filed with a US court, where Ms Killilea is fighting efforts by a bankruptcy trustee to recover tens of millions of euro in assets transferred to her by her husband.

Sean Dunne filed for bankruptcy in Connecticut in 2013.

As part of the discovery process involved in court proceedings there, Ms Killilea and her stepson John Dunne have agreed to provide the trustee with bank statements, financial records and "sensitive" commercial business information.

But Ms Killilea has applied to the court seeking an order restricting bankruptcy trustee Richard Coan from sharing the "private and sensitive information" with her husband's creditors, Nama and Ulster Bank.

In an affidavit, lawyers for Ms Killilea, who now works as a property developer, made a series of allegations against Nama.

Chief among these is a claim Nama used the media "as a lever" in connection with its pursuit of her husband's debt.

She alleged investigative agencies had been hired to spy on her, her family and her young children.

"This harassment has had a severe negative impact on her business affairs, financial affairs and banking relationships. Killilea believes Nama has sought to destroy her business reputation and her personal life by making consistent, but vague and unsubstantiated allegations of fraud," the affidavit said.

The document claimed Nama had consistently depicted "legal transfers" from her husband to her between 2005 and 2008 as fraudulent, despite the fact Sean Dunne was worth hundreds of millions of euro at the time.

Lawyers for Ms Killilea and John Dunne, with whom she is involved in a residential development in New York, said they had already permitted the inspection of around 20 bankers boxes of documents and were also prepared to provide around 10,000 electronic documents to the trustee.

Ms Killilea is facing similar proceedings in Ireland, where her husband was declared bankrupt in 2013.

Last week, the High Court in Dublin ruled she must disclose her tax returns between 2005 and 2014, as well as other documents.

Irish Independent

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