A woman convicted of embezzling thousands of dollars from a local real estate company faced a judge again Friday.
Last week, Nikki Slaughter asked the court to keep in place her reduced restitution payments of $400 a month even as she and her husband sought to buy a house worth nearly $300,000.
Friday, the judge spared no words as he ruled against that request.
Judge Randal Wyatt said he was tired of hearing about Slaughter's money problems, and he added his concern is with the victims who are still paying the interest on Slaughter's theft.
"You're the person who I really think needs the fairness and consideration from this court," Wyatt said. "Ms. Slaughter pled guilty to taking your money, and you deserve to get your money back."
Keep in mind, the only reason Slaughter remained out of jail was because she promised to pay back the $46,000 she stole.
Slaughter was originally supposed to repay $500 a month until she had completely paid back what she stole, but since that agreement she has done everything to have it reduced or even thrown out altogether.
Every six months, there is a new story and a new reason that the payments are too high, and she even managed to reduce her payments to $400 dollars a month in a previous hearing.
"It's sort of like mud wrestling. You just have to get in there every six months," said Assistant District Attorney Jim Milam. "And it gets old for the victims."
After learning of the Slaughters' intentions to buy the $300,000 house, and their combined income of $85,000 a year, the state said enough with the excuses.
"Her conduct, frankly, amounts to just a stick in the eye for these folks. She does not care if they get paid on time. She wants to live in a $294,000 McMansion in Hendersonville," Milam said.
Wyatt agreed and said he will draw up a new agreement by the end of August that will demand Slaughter pay more, even as high as $800 a month.
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