Tobias Aide Passes Lie Test

Jan 4 2008 | 12:47pm ET

A former aide to Seth Tobias who accused Tobias’ widow of murdering the late hedge fund manager has passed a lie-detector test, his attorney says.

William Ash, who served as the Circle T Partners founder’s personal assistant for five years, submitted to a polygraph test last month at the urging of his lawyer, Debra Opri. And she says her client passed the test “with flying colors.”

The New York Daily News reports that, during the test, Ash claimed that Tobias’ widow, Filomena, confessed that she sought to hasten his drowning by feeding him a spicy pasta sauce spiked with sleeping pills. Ash’s assertion that Filomena confessed to murdering her husband was first reported by FINalternatives in October.

Under questioning, Ash reportedly said that Filomena told him she had added crushed Ambien pills to the dish, and that she used a spicy sauce to hide the taste. He also said she lured him into the pool by promising she’d call a male stripper—with whom Ash has previously claimed Tobias maintained a sexual relationship—to the house “for some kinky sex.” Further, when she found him floating in the pool on his back, she turned him facedown, only calling 911 after she was certain he was dead.

Filomena, who is currently involved in a nasty battle for her late husband’s assets with his half-brothers, has denied Ash’s charges and has attacked the credibility of the former aide. Tobias was found dead in his Jupiter, Fla., pool over Labor Day weekend.

“I believe it is only reasonable to now conclude with certainty what Bill Ash has been stating these many months concerning Filomena’s ‘confession’ as to her involvement in Seth Tobias’ death is true,” Opri said. Filomena’s attorney again reportedly denied “everything Bill Ash says,” adding that Ash has so far refused to be deposed in the probate proceedings over the Tobias estate.

Opri said Ash wants to see the results of additional toxicology tests ordered by the Jupiter medical examiner before he testifies. She said those results are due in by the end of the month, while the probate trial isn’t scheduled to begin until the middle of February.

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