Wanna Buy a Bridge?  Woman Files a Lawsuit against a Man who Flew her to Rome for a Dream Date, Swept her off her Feet and then allegedly Forged her Signature on Documents, Running off… Scroll down to read more!

Meet Rhona Silver, a 50-something divorcee with means, and Barry Newman, her would-be Romeo.  That’s the happy below…

After her divorce Rhona was introduced to Barry and, after a series of extravagant dates (for their first date Barry flew Rhona on a private jet to Boston for seafood and on their second date Barry flew Rhona to Rome for Italian food), she became enamored with him, and ultimately she entrusted him to handle her finances, including overseeing the sale of her 18 acre catering hall on Long Island.

Now Rhona is suing Barry for $25,900,000.00, alleging that he forged her signature on documents for the sale of the catering hall.  

According to the lawsuit Barry secured a $38,500,000.00 deal on the famous property in 2007, which during its lifetime hosted Presidents and Governors at events in its 12 ballrooms, but Rhona now claims that she had no idea about the sale, which in fact occurred at Barry’s lawyer’s offices, and that her signature had been faked.

A forensic document examiner reportedly wrote in an affidavit that two sets of the sale’s closing documents have three signature lines which show Rhona’s name and that all of the signature’s are identical.  Interestingly, the forensic document examiner says that at least one of the signature blocks must have been forged as “It is axiomatic that no person signs his name exactly the same way twice.  It is irrefutable that at least one of these two signature blocks is a forgery accomplished by means of a mechanical or digital ‘cut and paste’ process.”

Rhona reportedly claims that she fell for Barry, whom she believed to be her “dream man” after he promised her that: “I’m going to take care of you and your family forever.”.  Per Rhona, “I had no reason not to believe him.  He took me to Valentino shopping, to the Spanish steps, bought my daughter a fur pocketbook”  

In her lawsuit Rhona reportedly claims that she was supposed to make $6,000,000.00 on the sale but that she got nothing and that she now relies on her friends to support her.  Barry denies ripping Rhona off, reportedly admitting in pleadings that he came into Rhona’s life to “aid a damsel in distress” but he also reportedly averred that “Silver’s claims that she has been victimized are a blatant fraud” and that she used loans to fund her “lavish lifestyle”.

Memo to the Folks:  Naturally I have no idea whether Rhona is a victim or if she is just a lying woman scorned, or, alternatively, whether Barry is a conman or just a douche bag.  What I do know is that 1) you are always going to be primarily responsible for looking out for yourself, 2) “Con” men and “con” women abide, 3) If you get conned shame on both of you (s/he for conning you and you for permitting the con to occur), and 4) betrayal sucks.  Just ask John Locke…

Memo to the Folks continues:  Or Sawyer / Ford…

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