Two and a half years ago, the elegant Georgetown estate Evermay was the site of a scam marriage put on by an international fraudster in a storyline that is stranger than fiction.
Specifically, in the spring of 2007 a British national named Kevin Halligen rented out Evermay to host his wedding to American Maria Dybczak. According to recent news reports:
THE wedding guests arrived in black limousines to see a British secret agent marry his US government lawyer bride, surrounded by the strictest of security. From the grand 19th-century Evermay mansion, where the ceremony took place, the guests had commanding views of America’s power base, Washington, DC. It is a city where former intelligence operatives and military men mix warily with politicians and power-brokers, looking for lucrative government security contracts. Among the guests at the wedding were a former CIA station chief and a security adviser to Barack Obama. The best man had once been special operations marine colonel.
The guests were some of the best-informed people in the capital. Yet none knew that the wedding was a sham, the priest was an amateur actor and Richard Halligen, the groom, was an imposter.
Had the wedding not been fake, it would have been illegal. That’s because Halligen was already married. Continue reading