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County to pay disbarred attorney $6,000

February 6, 2014 News Extra

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Butler County is paying nearly $6,000 to a disbarred Butler attorney who is serving a prison sentence for stealing more than $544,000 from three estates he settled.

The county is paying Samuel “Joe” Brydon, 58, of Slippery Rock $5,985 for more than 66 hours of work he recorded as the former juvenile court master.

The work was done between Dec. 1 and 19 in 2011, the final weeks he served in that job. Brydon was paid $90 an hour.

County President Judge Thomas Doerr on Monday issued a court order for the payment to Brydon.

County Controller Ben Holland said he was asked to pay the invoice, which had been first submitted years ago.

“I refused to pay it without a court order,” Holland said.

He said the controller’s office under prior Controller Jack McMillin questioned how those hours could be verified based on the invoice.

The hours worked each day were recorded solely by the total amount, which varied between less than an hour and eight hours, with no specific time of day.

Holland said he agreed with McMillin and the controller’s staff that such an invoice could not be verified.

However, Brydon’s invoice was left unpaid as the legal case against him moved forward.

Tom Holman, deputy court administrator, said Doerr issued the order because Holman asked Holland what it would take to have the bill paid. Holman said no one asked for a court order before Holland took office this year.

The county commissioners also approved the paying, citing the court order requiring it be paid.

Brydon is serving a prison term of 9 to 18 months in county prison after being convicted of three counts of felony theft.

Brydon also was sentenced to 15 years of probation and 600 hours of community service.

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