The Seafarers' Center of Beaumont has filed suit against John Eric Lindell, a Nederland based certified public accountant, for failing to maintain the center's tax-exempt status.

The suit was filed Feb. 15 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Lindell and his company, John Eric Lindell P.C., were contracted by the Seafarers' to perform accounting work and to ensure and maintain the center's tax-exempt status.

"In and around the month of October 2011, the tax exempt status of the plaintiff organization was lost due to the failure of defendants to timely file and complete necessary documents required by the Internal Revenue Service, thereby causing damages to the plaintiff for which it now sues," the suit states.

Because of the defendants' alleged breach of contract, the plaintiff has sustained damages in excess of the court's jurisdictional limits.

The center is represented by Michael Lindsay, attorney for the Beaumont law firm Lindsay, Lindsay & Parsons.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E191-967

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