Judge rules in McGreevey divorce case

February 7, 2008 11:38:42 AM PST
A judge has ordered the boyfriend of former Gov. Jim McGreevey to turn over records from three joint bank accounts the gay couple share as part of the ongoing divorce proceedings between McGreevey and his estranged wife.

However, Australian-born investment manager Mark O'Donnell won't be forced to reveal his salary, stock portfolio or any financial dealings with New Jersey politicians, Union County Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy ruled Thursday.

Cassidy said O'Donnell's other finances are not relevant to McGreevey's divorce case.

"We're now dragging in people who really aren't that involved," Cassidy said. "I'm really concerned about opening that door."

Dina Matos McGreevey sought broad access to O'Donnell's ledger sheet, contending the gay couple's money is intertwined.

Of the three accounts, one checking account had $195,000 in deposits over 10 months, court papers showed. Another has a near-zero balance; details about the third account were not disclosed in court.

O'Donnell is chief investment officer of the Kushner Companies, a private real estate development firm chaired by Charles Kushner, a once-prominent Democratic campaign donor who served time in federal prison for campaign and tax-law violations.

Matos McGreevey subpoenaed O'Donnell, trying unsuccessfully to require him to turn over his employment contract with Kushner, and e-mails and other financial correspondence with state Sen. Ray Lesniak and Rahway Mayor Jim Kennedy, both friends.

She also sought to find out who paid for a trip to China last summer that included McGreevey, O'Donnell, and another man.

McGreevey's partner argued that his assets should be kept private. He said in court papers he is not financially responsible for Dina McGreevey or the couple's 6-year-old daughter.

Neither of the McGreeveys nor O'Donnell attended the proceeding. Lawyers for Matos McGreevey and O'Donnell left the court room without commenting on the ruling.

"I'm very happy that the court has decided to protect my privacy," O'Donnell said by phone following the court hearing. "I've never met Dina McGreevey, and I never understood why she was so obsessed with my finances. Hopefully, she can now move on."

The McGreeveys are battling over child support and custody issues. She currently gets $2,500 a month.

They will be back in court next week to argue over whether Matos McGreevey should be compelled to be interviewed by child custody experts he has hired.

McGreevey surprised the nation when he announced in August 2004 that he was "a gay American" and would resign. He said he had been the target of a blackmail threat from a former lover who was on his staff.

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