His bank statements, obtained by The Post, show that clients were paying him hundreds of thousands of dollars, but he was spending the money just as fast. One restaurant owner said he and his staff called Halligen “James Bond,” because of his stories of spy derring-do and his habit of tossing around huge amounts of cash. There is no evidence that Halligen ever worked as an intelligence agent.
Of all Halligen’s excesses and deceptions, his former friends said, the most outrageous was his fake wedding. In April 2009, Halligen “married” his fiance, Maria Dybczak, a Commerce Department lawyer, at a showy ceremony at Georgetown’s grand Evermay Estate before an elite crowd of more than 100 people.
What no one knew at the time is that the minister who pronounced Halligen and his bride man and wife was actually a professional actor from Arlington’s Signature Theatre.
Friends said that shortly before the ceremony, Halligen told Dybczak that because he was an undercover agent, he couldn’t sign any public documents, including a marriage license. So rather than cancel, they hired an actor and went ahead with the sham wedding.
Two of the guests that day later sued Halligen.
Mark Aspinall, a London lawyer who had been Halligen’s connection to Trafigura, filed suit in federal court in Washington to recover money he had invested in Halligen’s company, and a judge ordered Halligen to pay back $871,000.
Halligen was also sued in Fairfax County Circuit Court by a man who gave a toast at the Evermay ceremony: Andre Hollis, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for counter-narcotics who once worked as legal counsel to the House of Representatives.
Hollis said in court papers that Halligen hired him as chief executive of his U.S. company, Oakley International, and that Hollis bought an ownership stake in the company that turned out to be worthless, because Halligen had drained the company’s accounts. A judge ordered Halligen to pay Hollis more than $5.7 million in damages.
Halligen came to Washington from London, where a similar string of associates have accused him of conning them.