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Bank tracks Livan Hernandez with wage garnishment orders

Major League pitcher Livan Hernandez has been associated with a number of baseball franchises since the end of the last baseball season. He was a free agent in December when a court issued a wage garnishment order after a debt collection lawsuit was entered against the Major Leaguer last October.

In December, a court issued a wage garnishment order to collect on the nearly one-half million court judgment from Hernandez's checks from the Nationals, but at that time Hernandez was a free agent, and the attorneys withdrew the garnishment order. He later signed a minor league deal with the Astros. Attorneys petitioned the court in February to garnish the pitcher's wages from his Astro's paychecks, which the court granted.

The saga continued during spring training, when Hernandez was cut just 11 days after the court issued the garnishment order. In March, the Braves signed Hernandez to a one-year deal worth $750,000. The attorneys for the bank went back to court and the judge agreed Monday to garnish the ball player's wages under his current contract.

The series of wage garnishment orders seek to collect money related to the nearly half-million judgment entered last October on a promissory note and line of credit from SunTrust Bank. That judgment, however, is not the only judgment that has resulted in court orders issuing that are intended to collect on judgment debts.

Last year, Hernandez faced a bank account seizure. American Express Centurion Bank reportedly sued Hernandez on past due debts and obtained a judgment of just over $46,000. Subsequently, a judge ordered $12,321.38 to be taken from Hernandez's bank account to be applied toward the judgment debt.

Cincinnati bankruptcy lawyers know that wage garnishments, bank account seizures, repossessions and other forms of legal debt collection practices can wreak havoc on financially strapped consumers. Many Ohio residents who are struggling under a mountain of debt have sought debt relief under the bankruptcy laws on their way to a fresh financial start.

Source: The Washington Times, "Court orders Livan Hernandez's wages with Atlanta Braves garnished," Nathan Fenno, April 17, 2012

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