Portland commissioner ordered to pay over $16K in debt after failing to appear in court

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Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has been ordered by a Multnomah County judge to pay a credit card company over $16,000 in overdue debt after failing to show up in court, The Oregonian reports.

The Bank of America filed lawsuits against Hardesty’s overpaid dues and fees in November and Circuit Judge Judith Matarazzo issued two default orders last week, documents show.

On March 21, Judge Matarazzo approved a $4,900 lien against Hardesty and on March 24, the judge issued a second lien with a penalty of $11,700, according to court documents.

“I fully intend to pay and have reached out to Bank of America’s attorneys to arrange a payment plan,” Hardesty said in an emailed statement on Tuesday, according to Oregonian.

Both Hardesty and her attorney did not appear in court, according to court documents.

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