Philadelphia-area D.A. agrees to pay $1.6M to contractor wrongly charged with cheating

A settlement with a wrongly accused contractor in the Philadelphia suburbs includes $1.65 million and an apology from the Montgomery County district attorney.
By Frances Burns  |  Updated May 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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NORRISTOWN, Pa., May 21 (UPI) -- Five years after he was wrongly charged with failing to pay subcontractors, a Philadelphia-area builder won a battle to clear his name.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office agreed to pay $1.65 million in damages to Walter Logan. District Attorney Rise Ferman, who called Logan "despicable" when he was charged in 2009, also apologized.

Logan said he hopes to rebuild his contracting business.

"We spent forty years building a business and building good character, and in virtually one day that all changed," he said at a news conference.

Logan's problems began with a dispute with the Salem Baptist Church in Jenkintown. While he said the church owed him $200,000, church officials accused him of wrongdoing, including failing to pay subcontractors on the job.

Ferman said Wednesday that he has been completely cleared.

"There's no credible evidence that Mr. Logan ever stole anything from Salem Baptist Church and we retract any statements to that effect," she said.

Logan has sued the church, and the case is scheduled for trial in September.

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