Judgment entered against employee who used company credit card

David Yates Oct. 25, 2010, 10:41am

Lott Contractors recently received a $61,351.78 judgment against former employee John Burns, who used a company credit card to make numerous unauthorized purchases.

According to the complaint, filed July 29 in Jefferson County District Court, the company also made several advances to Burns, which should have been repaid from his paychecks.

"At the time of his termination, the balance of Mr. Burns' personal credit card charges and monetary advances was $12,918.12," the suit states. "A total of $6,541.34 was withheld from Mr. Burns final paychecks as partial payment for his outstanding balance."

Court records show Burns declined to answer the suit and failed to attend the judgment hearing.

On Sept. 14 Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, signed a default judgment order granting Lott Contractors $61,351.78 in damages owed, plus $8,503.38 in interest and $5,000 in attorney's fees.

In addition to the credit charges, Lott claimed Burns owed $54,949 for an installment note, which he should have repaid within 30 days of his May 3 termination, court papers say.

Christopher A. McKinney and Julia T. Matheny of Orgain, Bell and Tucker in Beaumont represented the plaintiff.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D187-418

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