LIMA — The legal troubles for former Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish continue to grow with two more lawsuits filed this month and as attorneys met over existing lawsuits Thursday.
Two more lawsuits were filed late Wednesday against Crish. John R. Brownell, of Lima, and Gary P. Richardson, of Harrod, each filed lawsuits. Meanwhile, a pretrial was held in all of Crish’s existing lawsuits but visiting Judge James Barber said any developments in the lawsuits will be slowed or placed on hold until the FBI makes a decision on what it will do with its investigation against Crish.
Another pretrial in the lawsuits was scheduled for May 9. Crish’s office was raided by FBI in September and since that time at least five lawsuits have been filed. Crish said he has a gambling problem and is receiving treatment. Crish resigned as sheriff one month ago.
Brownell has the business A to Z Jewelry and Coin Exchange at 3350 S. Dixie Highway. Brownell said starting in 2013, he made several personal loans to Crish. Crish initially made payments, according to the lawsuit.
On May 8, 2015, Crish signed a document itemizing the outstanding loans and cash advances he owed, totaling $21,321. Since that time, Crish has not made a payment. Brownell wants his money owed plus attorney fees, according to the lawsuit.
Richardson alleges Crish formed a limited liability company, Crish Enterprise, on Jan. 20, 2006. Richardson entered into a partnership agreement with Crish on May 7, 2010, according to the lawsuit.
Richardson said he invested $25,000 in exchange for 25 percent ownership in Crish Enterprise. The agreement was for Crish to get 75 percent of the net profits and Richardson receive 25 percent, according to records.
If the business were sold, the profits from the sale would be divided in the same way with Crish getting 75 percent and Richardson 25 percent, according to the lawsuit.
On Oct. 17, 2014, Crish gave Richardson $1,500 but has not received any further payments from Crish or the company. Richardson further said the business has been sold but no details or accounting of the sale were provided to Richardson, according to the lawsuit.
Richardson wants 25 percent of the profits from the time he signed on as a partner through the sale date of the business and 25 percent of the sale proceeds. Richardson wants an accounting of the profits or losses at the business since he was involved and wants payment for any money owed per their agreement, or in the alternative the $25,000 he invested in the partnership plus attorney fees, according to the lawsuit.
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