Ex-fiancee accused of refusing to return ring

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 19, 2017

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County man is suing his former fiancee, alleging conversion.

Mahmoud M. Odeh filed a complaint Nov. 28 in Pinellas Circuit Court against Kate G. Thibault, alleging she is guilty of illegal possession. 

According to the complaint, on March 26, 2015, Odeh made an offer of marriage in good faith and offered Thibault an engagement ring, purchased for $9,070, if she would marry him. Although Thibault accepted the ring, the suit says, she subsequently broke off her engagement with Odeh and refused to return the ring despite repeated demands. 

The plaintiff alleges Thibault has denied Odeh the use and enjoyment of his property, and wrongfully retained the ring without legal or equitable right.

Odeh seeks trial by jury, damages of at least $9,070, plus interest from the time of conversion, court costs, attorney fees, and all other relief the court deems just. He is represented by attorney Dalton L. Swing of Dalton Swing Law Firm in Tampa.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 17-CC-9521

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