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We Energies sues Dustin Diamond over utility bills

We Energies sues Dustin Diamond over utility bills

By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Mar. 23, 2009 3:32 p.m.

Port Washington - Looks like Dustin Diamond, who played geeky Screech Powers in the teen sitcom "Saved by the Bell," may be in a financial pinch again.

Diamond, 32, is being sued in Ozaukee County Circuit Court by We Energies over non-payment of $2,079.40 in utility bills at his home on Grandview Drive in Port Washington.

The suit, filed in small claims court, says Diamond racked up the charges on or before Feb. 4. Diamond has until April 15 to respond to the suit.

The one-time child actor isn't a stranger to Ozaukee County courts.

In 2006, Diamond faced losing his $340,000 home under a foreclosure order filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court. At the time, the order demanded that he come up with the remaining $272,000 he owed under a land contract.

Diamond had said the land contract - in which the buyer agrees to make an initial payment and regular subsequent payments until the full price is paid - was one of the few options available for him in 2003 because of a bad credit record, which included a 2001 bankruptcy filing in California.

At one point, Diamond called on fans to help bail him out by buying T-shirts that said, "I paid $15.00 to save Screech's house."

Some people claimed they paid for, but never got the shirts.

Diamond ultimately was able to secure a $284,000 adjustable-rate mortgage and the foreclosure lawsuit was dismissed.

In November, Ford Motor Credit Co. sued Diamond in Ozaukee County court to recover a 2005 Ford Expedition.

A default judgment was entered in January in favor of Ford, allowing it to repossess the vehicle, according to online court records.

Diamond could not be reached for comment.


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