Ana Walshe’s husband was carrying an ankle tag WITHOUT GPS monitoring

The husband of missing Massachusetts Mother-of-three Ana Walshe was wearing an ankle tag without GPS equipped – simply notifying authorities when he left home.

Brian Walshe, 47, was on house arrest after pleading guilty to fraud charges linked to an art scam in 2018.

He had been fitted with the device, which informs probation when he leaves the property – but not where he is going.

His wife Ana has been missing for 12 days, after vanishing on New Year’s Day when she reportedly left her home at 6am to catch a flight – which she never got on.

The search for the 39-year-old real estate executive continues, with experts in location monitoring bracelets saying it is not unusual for the devices to not have GPS – and only use radio waves.

Walshe’s bracelet only uses a radio frequency that alerts authorities that he left home, but does not specify exactly where he went.

Brian Walshe, 47, was on house arrest after pleading guilty to fraud charges linked to an art scam in 2018. He had been fitted with the device, which informs probation when he leaves the property – but not where he is going

Defense attorney J.W Carney told WBZ-TV: Let’s say it’s a release for an hour and a half. As long as he’s back at the end of the hour and a half they generally let it slip by.

‘Let’s say for example a person passes a hardware store on the way back from dropping the kids off at school and he goes in and buys a couple of things.

‘Generally, that won’t be something that will get the probation officer’s attention.’

Walshe is currently being held on a $500,000 bond after pleading not guilty to a charge of misleading investigators in relation to his wife’s disappearance.

He was put on house arrest after pleading guilty to selling fraudulent Andry Warhol paintings to a friend, with court papers outlining conditions of house arrest stating: ‘you are restricted to residence at all times except for activities pre-approved by the probation office.’

Boston attorney Phil Tracey added that home confinement can mean that a person can never leave home, but in many cases they are given permission to leave on a limited basis.

Prosecutors say that Walshe lied about going to Home Depot, where he spent $450 on cleaning supplies, and was caught on surveillance.

Defense attorney J.W Carney said that offenders who leave their homes and are required to give their whereabouts are often given an ‘hour and a half’ leniency He was put on house arrest after pleading guilty to selling fraudulent Andry Warhol paintings to a friend, with court papers outlining conditions of house arrest stating: ‘you are restricted to residence at all times except for activities pre-approved by the probation office’ Ana was last seen at their home in Cohasset, pictured, in the early hours of New Year’s Day after the couple threw a party Walshe is currently being held on a $500,000 bond after pleading not guilty to a charge of misleading investigators in relation to his wife’s disappearance

HOW DO ANKLE TAGS WORK?

The bracelets are fitted by authorities and have two different ways of working. 

A GPS device allows the tracking and monitoring of a person’s exact whereabouts – and are usually reserved for the most serious offenders. 

GPS devices may have a second one installed in their home to determine how far they can travel from the property. If they leave the ‘fencing’ then an alert will be sent to the corrections department with their exact location. 

These monitors can also track the speed of a person’s movement or when they stop at a location for a length of time.  

Walshe was fitted with a radio frequency electronic monitor, which instead transmits a signal immediately to the parole officer when it leaves a specific area. It is usually used for those under house arrest. 

The tech uses radio waves that communicate between a worn monitoring device and a secondary device in the home. 

The secondary device acts as a tether in the home and will send an alert to a corrections officer if the person under surveillance leaves the property. 

It does not have the ability to show where they have gone like the GPS version. 

Tracey said: ‘You can be on a bracelet and go to church, go to your doctor, you can go to the grocery store those are all exemptions and sometimes you have to call in ahead of time.

‘I don’t think they had a fear that he was up to nefarious activity. It wouldn’t raise that much of a red flag.’

It comes after new footage was discovered by authorities of Walshe accessing a dumpster less than half a mile away from his mother’s property in Swampscott.

Sources say Massachusetts State Police obtained the video of Walshe at the dumpster hours after his wife disappeared on New Year’s Day.

The garbage bin is located on Paradise Road, with a camera near a Whole Foods’ Market – with Walshe telling authorities that he stopped at the store while running errands for his mother.

Walshe told authorities during his interview that he had done some shopping for his mother on New Year’s Day at the supermarket and CVS – which is across the street from her home.

Authorities hauled away several dumpsters from his mother’s complex as part of the investigation and searched its contents at a transfer station in Peabody.

They searched several more dumpsters while at the transfer station – which has a compactor – and discovered a hacksaw, hatches, parts of a rug, used cleaning supplies and bloody trash bags.

Officials announced that they had discovered blood in the basement of the Walshe family home in Cohasset along with a bloody knife which was damaged.

Walshe pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of misleading the investigation, but has yet to be charged with anything else in connection to his wife’s disappearance.

He was also seen at a juice bar ordering three children’s smoothies and two large ones on January 2, the day after Ana disappeared. The couple has three sons, believed to be aged two, four, and six.

The couple hosted a New Year’s Eve party, with friends saying that there was ‘no indication of anything’ in the hours before Ana vanished.

Ana had been sitting on a barstool in their kitchen, texting her friends during the meal and party – appearing in good spirits.

Walshe was caught on surveillance footage at a dumpster near a liquor store just a five-minute walk from his mother’s apartment in Swampscott – where police impounded several dumpsters. Officials announced that they had discovered blood in the basement of the Walshe family home in Cohasset along with a bloody knife which was damaged Walshe was fitted with a radio frequency electronic monitor, which instead transmits a signal immediately to the parole officer when it leaves a specific area. It is usually used for those under house arrest

The couple had been staying in separate homes, with Ana commuting to DC for work and staying in their $1.4million property there.

They met after Ana moved from Belgrade, Serbia, aged 25 while she was working at the Wheatleigh Hotel in the Berkshires.

She met him after she cleaned his apartment, with Walshe becoming her second husband after she split with Mark Kripp.

Ana’s mother Milanka Ljubicic told DailyMail.com that she can’t believe that Walshe has anything to do with her daughters’ disappearance.

She admitted that there was some strain on their marriage because her daughter had to spend so much time away in DC and Walshe was on house arrest.

The real estate executive for Tishman Speyer was also the manager of a building luxury Washington DC building where two fake Homeland Security agents lived, DailyMail.com revealed.

She was reported missing by her employers on January 4, with her husband failing to raise the alarm to officials.

Police were also seen in the parking lot of an apartment complex where Walshe’s mother lives, with dumpsters being hauled away with a police escort to the transfer station in Peabody to be searched Police seized dumpsters at his mother’s condo after Brian was caught on security footage near it

On Monday, it was revealed that Brian had searched the internet for ‘how to dispose of a 115-pound woman’s body’.

Officers also confirmed that Walshe had purchased $450 worth of cleaning supplies in Home Depot – with prosecutors saying he lied to authorities when he said he didn’t leave home.

DailyMail.com previously revealed that Walshe was also facing the prospect of 30 months in prison for the alleged theft of money from his estranged father’s estate – as well as breaking into his property and destroying his will after his death.

It is unclear if his wife was aware of the allegations being made by his family, with a friend of his father Dr Thomas Walshe say he tried to manipulate him after a stroke – which led to Walshe being cut out of the will.

Legal documents show Walshe asked for a key to the family’s $710,000 beachfront property in Hull, Massachusetts.

The Washington DC home of Ana and Brian Walshe worth upwards of $1.4million in the Chevy Chase area of the city Brian Walshe, 46 (right), Googled how to dismember a 115-pound woman’s body before his wife Ana (left) vanished Ana was not reported missing until January 4, when her office called the police when she failed to show up for work. Her husband did not report her disappearance to cops

Norfolk District Attorney’s office confirmed that a ‘number of items’ were recovered from the Peabody transfer station after they sifted through the trash for hours.

In a statement they said: ‘Search activity conducted north of Boston yesterday resulted in a number of items being collected which will now be subject to processing and testing to determine if they are of evidentiary value to this investigation.’

Walshe told police that his wife vanished after she took a car to Boston Logan Airport on January 1 at around 6am.

However, ride-share services show no pickups at the family home and Ana’s cell phone continued pinging at the property for two days.

Ana was not reported missing until January 4, when her office called the police when she failed to show up for work.

Police scoured a nearby dumpster station after removing a container from Walshe’s mother’s property in Swampscott Walshe was earlier seen on surveillance video buying heavy-duty cleaning supplies despite telling cops he had been home around the time Ana was last seen alive

Since then, cops have been combing the seaside town of Cohasset for any sign of her.

Authorities say Walshe gave cops misleading statements about his and his wife’s actions around the time of her disappearance, buying himself ample time to clean up a possible crime scene.

Art-swindler Walshe was recorded leaving a Cohasset police station on Monday morning, where he smirked and smiled at reporters.

He was charged with fraud after allegedly selling two fake Andy Warhol paintings for $80,000 in 2016, meaning he is on house arrest pending his sentencing in federal court.

This means that he must report when he goes anywhere – but he was caught on camera going to Home Depot on January 2 after saying he never left the house except to take his son for ice cream.

Walshe was arrested on Sunday evening as detectives continued to search for his real estate executive wife.

She has not used her phone or credit cards since disappearing and has not shown up for work.

 

Attorney for husband of missing mother-of-three Ana Walshe represented rogue FBI agent turned Whitey Bulger gang mobster Zip Connolly and got him out of prison on medical leave 

 By Emma James

The lawyer representing Brian Walshe, 47, worked on behalf of rogue FBI agent Zip Connolly and got him out of prison on medical leave.

Tracy Miner sent a letter to the judge in an attempt to keep Walshe on house arrest last year after he pleaded guilty to selling fake Andy Warhol paintings – and is representing him again in the case regarding his missing wife.

The lawyer has previously represented ex-FBI agent John Connolly – who was convicted in 2002 of aiding Whitey Bulger gang mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger.

She helped him out of prison on medical leave in 2021 after he was convicted of a gangland hit in Florida.

Tracy Miner sent a letter to the judge in an attempt to keep Walshe on house arrest last year after he pleaded guilty to selling fake Andy Warhol paintings – and is representing him again in the case regarding his missing wife She previously represented ex-FBI agent John Connolly – who was convicted in 2002 of aiding Whitey Bulger gang mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Connolly joined the FBI in 1968 and served as an agent in the Boston office, where he was responsible for handling informants with two criminal syndicates.

After he retired from the FBI in 1990 two members of the White Hill Gang, James Bulger and Stephen Flemmi, were ‘closed’ as informants.

Connolly was found guilty in his first racketeering trial of accepting and making bribes on behalf of members of the gang.

He was convicted of second-degree murder after informing Bulger that John Callahan had gone to the FBI with information about another murder in Tulsa while wearing his FBI issues sidearm.

Police found Callahan’s body in the trunk of a car parked at Miami International Airport. Bulger was murdered in a West Virginia prison in 2018.

Brian Walshe is charged with impeding the investigation into his wife Ana’s disappearance Prosecutors confirmed that Ana has still not been found during the court hearing on Monday morning

Miner got him out after claiming that he was ‘terminally ill’, with him being released in Florida to ‘finish out his life in the sunshine’.

Documents submitted to the court claimed that he had a year to live, but he has outlived those odds, with Florida commission stating there is nothing that says ‘surviving more than a year is a violation.’

Miner is a criminal defense attorney and partner at Boston law firm  Miner Siddall LLP – previously working for Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo.

She was also accused of hosting a New Year’s Eve party for her teenager daughter in 2012, but was ultimately not issued a criminal complaint.

Police attended her addressed after reports of an unconscious male – who reportedly drank large quantities of alcohol.

Upon entering, police say they saw beer cans, liquor bottles and pizza boxes and smelled marijuana.

Milner reportedly took her guests keys away and smelled of alcohol herself, with eight teenagers summoned for underage possession of alcohol.

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