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December 13, 2008

COURTS: Hear ye, hear ye

Two North Tonawandans took their civil squabble to Judge Joe Brown’s televised courtroom Friday.

Alvira Janelle Carson, 28, sued her former friend, Paul Regdos, Jr., 31, for $1,200 in charges on her credit card. Carson said she was charmed into a decision she wouldn’t normally make, charging $1,154 in Christmas gifts for one of Regdos’ sons after knowing the man for less than two months. She said Regdos told her he’d pay her back once his mother returned to town and let him get money from a joint account. Judge Brown was skeptical of this claim, since joint accounts typically allow both of the parties listed to draw money on the account. Brown also gave Regdos a hard time about having a joint account with his mother at more than 30 years old.

“I realized all I was an ATM machine to him, and a free baby-sitter,” Carson said.

Regdos claimed the two had been on the path to starting an intimate relationship, which Carson denied. He decided to discontinue his agreement to pay the loan back at $200 a month when he discovered Carson had sex with his brother.

“She’s trash,” Regdos said. “I was done.”

In the end, the judge ruled in favor of Carson and was about to award her the $1,200 she sued for. But when Regdos pointed out that he had already paid $250, the judge asked if Regdos really wanted to go there. Regdos did, and the judge added the interest charged to the credit cards to the amount he granted Carson before subtracting the payment. In the end, Regdos was found to owe Carson $1,884.

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