The wife of a former Sloan Convention Center Board Member accused of mishandling $745,000 of public money is asking to be released as a defendant in a lawsuit surrounding the controversy.
An independent report released in March found former Board member Steve Catron owes the city $745,000 in alleged overbilling and missing money stemming from his tenure on the board.
After failed settlement negotiations, the city filed suit to try and recoup the lost money, and named Dr. Deborah Catron, Steve Catron's wife, as a co-defendant. The suit alleges that the Catron's partially or wholly paid for 5 pieces of property with Convention Center funds in an effort to protect the funds from any future legal action. The Catrons, through attorney Jeff Herbert, deny those charges, and say the inclusion of Dr. Catron as a defendant is an attempt to force a settlement.
Herbert filed a motion with Judge Steve Wilson for summary judgement to dismiss Dr. Catron from the lawsuit, claiming that all the property in question, valued at nearly $1 million was purchased through loans, and not with personal funds.
City Commissioner Jim Bullington, who has been at the forefront of the investigation, told WBKO that Dr. Catron was included in the lawsuit to ensure that any and all of the Catrons' assets were fair game if a monetary judgement against Steve Catron is rendered by a judge or jury.
Judge Wilson will hear arguments on the motion at 9:00 am on August 3.