A woman has filed suit against the couple who she claims refuses to vacate her Collinsville residence after they have allegedly failed to make rental payments.

Debra Welge claims she owns the property at 301 Bethel Rd. in Collinsville. She was leasing the property to defendants Scott and Cynthia Hedger for $2,800 per month, according to the complaint filed Aug. 9 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Although the lease expired on June 15, 2010, the defendants refuse to leave the property, the suit states. They have also failed to make monthly rental payments, the complaint says.

"After allowing defendants all just credits and set-offs, plaintiff is entitled to $59,735 for past due rent," the suit states.

In addition to the money she says she is owed, Welge is future unpaid rent, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Welge will be represented by Sandra J. Tatoian of Mathis, Marifian and Richter in Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-1250.

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