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Judge Rules in Favor of Preston On All Questions

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Update: May 3rd, 2013

A judge has ruled in favor of former Anderson County administrator Joey Preston in the severance pay case brought against him by the county.

The Anderson Independent Mail reports Seventh Circuit Judge Roger Couch ruled in favor of Preston on all 11 alleged causes of action the county sought to bring against Preston.

The Independent Mail reports the 40 page ruling filed in the Anderson County Courthouse Friday afternoon comes nearly six months after the end of testimony in the case and four years after the lawsuit was filed.

Anderson County sued Preston for the return of a $1.1 million severance package that was awarded to him in November 2008.  The county accused Preston of fraud and ethics violations and questioning the validity of the vote that was taken to give him the money.

The case came to trial in late October of last year and Couch issued a gag order in January.

Nov. 21st, 2012:

American Express Bank is suing Joey Preston for more than $250,000 it says is an unpaid balance on a business credit card issued to him.

Our coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail report the complaint was filed in the Anderson County Courthouse this week.

The Independent-Mail reports American Express says in the collection complaint the former Anderson County administrator received "unjust enrichment" and accuses Preston of breaching a contract.

Preston tells AI-M says the series of legal troubles he has faced recently has made it difficult to meet his financial obligations.

Preston has dealt with a severance pay lawsuit brought by Anderson County to a state grand jury investigation of his contract buyout.

The collection complaint has been brought against Preston himself and a business called "Preston Enterprises".  In the complaint, Preston has an unpaid balance of $255,515.52 on his American Express Business Gold Card account.

American Express is suing to collect the unpaid credit balance, attorneys' fees and court costs associated with the filing the collection complaint as well as any interest on the debt.

 

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