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Scott Credit Union officers file motion to quash service of summons in former NFL player and St. Louis man’s suit alleging fraud

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 10, 2015


Former Washington Redskins Star Dave Butz is charging the Scott Credit Union of Fraud.

Several Scott Credit Union officers claim a former St. Louis Cardinals football player and a St. Louis man’s attempt to serve summons was inappropriate and unauthorized in a suit alleging consumer fraud.

Dave Butz of Swansea, who played as a defensive lineman for the Cardinals for two seasons and for the Washington Redskins for 14, and Eugene Schill of St. Louis filed a lawsuit April 22.

The suit names Scott Credit Union; Ted Longust, individually and as director of Scott Credit Union’s board of directors; Frank Padak, Chris Browner, Steve Stryker, Adam Koisher, Sridhar Kondapalli, Brian Waldron, Marna Asbury, Janice Pyszka, Scott Peters, Dale Beard and Craig Burkhard as defendants.

According to the complaint, Scott Credit Union is accused of removing currency and opening unsecured lines of credit from the plaintiffs’ accounts, leaving them on the hook for millions in past due accounts.

The plaintiffs claim the defendants falsified documents, forged signatures, attempted to collect millions from past due accounts that were unauthorized and unsupported. Butz and Schill also claim the defendants willfully used their names to extend commercial lines of credit to fictitious or random companies unrelated to the plaintiffs.

Butz and Schill say they endured obstacles in their ability to legitimately borrow money, start new business ventures and uphold their professional reputations. They claim they are now personal guarantors for millions of dollars in fraudulent lines of credit that are now in arrears. They further claim violations of the Illinois Credit Union Act and breach of fiduciary duty.

Padak, Browner, Stryker, Koisher, Kondapalli, Waldron, Asbury, Pyszka, Peters, Beard and Burkhard filed their motion to quash service of summons on July 17 through attorney James R. Branit of Litchfield Cavo LLP in Chicago.

The defendants claim the plaintiffs attempted to serve summons on them by delivering them to the law office of Michael Forster on April 23, rather than attempting to personally serve the summons, the motion states.

Further, the defendants claim Forster has not been retained as counsel in this case.

“However, Michael Forster never suggested or represented to the plaintiffs’ attorney that he would accept service of summons for Certain Individual Defendants and Mr. Forster is not and never has been an agent for service of summons for any of the Certain Individual Defendants. Indeed, Mr. Forster has not been retained in any capacity by any of the Certain Individual Defendants with respect to this case,” the motion states.

The plaintiffs seek injunctive action to remove officers alleged to have made infringements, along with damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorney fees and costs.

Butz and Schill are represented by Grey Chatham Jr. of Chatham & Bericevic in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-234

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