ST. CHARLES (KTVI) – A tangled web stands in the way of a woman who’s failed to get her court-ordered money for more than a decade. The trail leads to the office of a former judge, but as Chris Hayes reveals, the woman won’t get the money she’s owed because no one will take responsibility.
Robin Fogarty Bowman says it’s now just about principle. She was awarded a judgment in 2004. It’s just $303, but she says she earned it. Now the business responsible is off the hook because it avoided paying for so long.
First Capitol News is an online news site based in St. Charles. The most recent edition, published last month, lists an ad for the Law Offices of Ronald J. Brockmeyer, who’s also listed as registered agent for the paper. Being a registered agent doesn’t indicate any connection to a business other than collecting mail, but when a Fox 2 news crew went to the former judge’s office to get another possible location, we were confronted by a man who’s listed as the business organizer.
Robin identified him for us later and said he was the person who hired her – Tony Brockmeyer, Ronald’s brother.
‘‘He made the agreement with me to give me a specific rate to do specific jobs and the one who represented First Capitol News in the small claims lawsuit,” she said.
Fox 2 didn’t know that at the time he confronted us, because he wouldn’t say his name.
When confronted, the man threatened to call police. When asked if he wanted to look at the judgment, the man said he didn’t care about the judgment.
Someone else from the office later called to say he didn’t know who that was. He added that the law may be against Robin collecting her money. After checking another attorney, Kenneth Carp, we discovered that may be the case.
‘‘It’s too late. Judgments are good for 10 years, whether it’s a small claims or otherwise. If within the 10 years you get the individual served, you can do what’s called ‘revive the judgment’ and it’s good for another three-year period and you can do that over and over again,” Carp said.
Robin said it didn’t take her long to determine no one would take responsibility to pay her judgment, which she couldn’t legally get against an individual. She had to file it against the business name.
‘’Part of the reason people do an LLC is when you go to the secretary of state’s web page and you look at documents, you don’t identify the officers of the corporation so one of the major benefits of an LLC for most people is nobody knows who you are,” Carp said.
Though Robin identified Tony Brockmeyer as her former boss, Brockmeyer made it clear to us he’s not interested in the matter. At one point during the confrontation, he was offered a copy of the judgment so he would at least know what the situation was about. He refused again, this time exclaiming, ‘‘I’ve got nothing to do with it!”
Robin said she’d long forgotten she even won the judgment until seeing the registered agent for the newspaper she sued, Ronald Brockmeyer, in the news about Ferguson.
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