Fraudster offers deal to ex-wife
LAWYERS acting on behalf of Radiancy Pty Ltd have offered to settle the case against Paul McMahon’s former wife, conceding for the first time that the convicted conman and confidence trickster was behind the legal action.
The Northern Star reported on Saturday that a company called Radiancy had demanded payment of $60,000, plus $35,000 in interest, it claimed to have lent McMahon’s former wife Eva in 2004 – five years after they were divorced.
However, Eva who does not want her maiden name published, said McMahon had told her the money was part repayment on a $100,000 loan he “coerced” her into lending him in 1994.
Paul Joseph McMahon was sentenced to six years jail last September for a string of charges of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and attempting to obtain financial advantage by deception.
Since Saturday’s article Eva has received a letter via Radiancy’s Grafton-based solicitors Foott, Law and Co, offering to settle the case on behalf of its clients Radiancy, Paul McMahon and his current wife Lindsey Rawling.
This is the first time McMahon has officially been linked to Radiancy and the case.
As reported on Saturday a Bianca Brown, a long-time business associate of McMahon’s, is the sole director of Radiancy. McMahon’s name does not appear of company extracts.
During sentencing Judge Robyn Tupman said McMahon’s modus operandi was to acquire dormant companies using false identities or identities of unsuspecting colleagues, including dead children, then McMahon or others under his direction would lodge false claims.
Under the offer, Eva must agree to enter a deed of release informing the Child Support Agency and Australian Tax Office that McMahon, his current wife Lindsey Rawling, or Radiancy are not indebted to Eva.
Eva, now a Sydney school teacher who has raised McMahon’s five children and has been forced to defend herself in the court case, must also agree to pay Radiancy’s costs, including the employment of a raft of high priced barristers.
“I’m disgusted,” Eva said yesterday.
“This is just more of the same. It never ends and just allowed to go on and on. I left him in 1998.”
“It’s unjust that he can sit there in jail and come up with ways to disrupt innocent people’s lives.”
Unable to qualify for legal aid, Eva has regularly been forced to take time off work and was expected to travel to Casino to defend the charges.
Foott, Law and Co lawyer Joe Fahey refused to accept calls from The Northern Star yesterday. Ms Rawlings could not be contacted.