A magisterial district judge has imposed a $12,000 judgment on the man who heads the U.S. Veterans Educational Institute, for non-payment of insurance premiums.
At a recent hearing, Judge Todd Kelly ruled against defendant Dennis Butts in favor of the H. Dean Allison Insurance Agency of Altoona and one of its principals, Richard Beaver.
After the hearing, Butts said he had no comment on the judgment or on the future of the institute.
USVEI encountered a series of reverses after the high point of a Jan. 4 news conference at the former Ramada Altoona Conference Center, during which Butts outlined grand plans.
Those included the transformation of the former Bon Secours-Holy Family Hos-pital complex into a military-style school for veterans, a hub for technological innovations under contract with the government and a site for the secure storage of federal government data.
They also included the use of the Ramada as a dorm for a deployment force comprised of retired special forces operatives for the protection and rescue of executives in dangerous places in the world and a training center for them in a former
And it included a variety of other initiatives, such as a civilian search and rescue team, a veterans' suicide prevention system and a program for the employment of homeless female vets through construction of housing, which they would occupy themselves.
It came apart, beginning with the group's inability to raise funds through selling of naming rights to buy the hospital complex, the revelation of prior securities-sale issues for Butts with another corporation in Virginia, the breakaway of employees and contractors who weren't getting paid, the departure of Clarion University as the organization's educational partner and Butts' eventual departure from the Ramada.
There were subsequent plans to launch the operations in Ebensburg.
The insurance payment was due in February, according to court documents.
Beaver didn't respond to calls for comment.
Typically, a plaintiff successful in receiving a judgment in the lower courts asks to have it transferred to county court, according to Beaver's lawyer Jonathan Rose.
The plaintiff or creditor can obtain a writ of execution, then deliver it to the sheriff, who, armed with that lien, can levy or seize the debtor's property - although there are exceptions to the kind of property that can be seized, according to Internet sources.