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Man claims in suit that treasurer didn't pay for services

April 20, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man who provided computer services to the Treasurer's Office for a system to manage the collection of hotel taxes has sued Treasurer Chris Bender, claiming he failed to pay him $4,250 for the system.

W. Edward Goodhart, owner of Bullseye Electromation Inc., filed the suit Monday in the Prothonotary's Office. The suit claims Bender failed to pay for a computer and software system used to calculate the county hotel tax, according to court records.

"Despite repeated demands, the defendant has failed and refused to pay the said invoice," according to the suit. It stated that Bender contacted Goodhart in December 2001, before Bender took office, and that the software and an IBM computer were delivered in January 2002.

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"I delivered him a piece of proprietary software developed just for him and a hardware box, and I didn't get paid," Goodhart said Tuesday evening.

"I talked to him many times about it, and he kept saying he was going to pay it, but he hasn't done it yet," Goodhart said of the bill.

Goodhart said he has not talked to Bender about it for about a year.

"I never ordered the system," Bender said Tuesday evening. He said his office calculates hotel taxes by hand.

Bender said he was unaware of the lawsuit.

County Commissioner Bob Thomas said he was unaware a lawsuit had been filed against Bender and has asked County Administrator John Hart to look into the matter.

Thomas said he had no recollection of an invoice being submitted to the county for a hotel tax system.

"I know the county pays its bill," Thomas said.

Earlier this year, Bender's Fayetteville, Pa., home was listed for a March sheriff's sale, but was later relisted at the request of the mortgage company, according to Sheriff Robert Wollyung.

Wollyung said Tuesday the property is still listed for a May 13 sheriff's sale.

Bender said at the time that he had reached an agreement with the mortgage company to settle the issue before the upcoming sale.

Bender is running for re-election this year and will face two challengers in the May 17 Republican primary, David Secor and James Knox.

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