Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Center Paid Debt of Director's Daughter

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Center Paid Debt of Director's Daughter

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A publicly funded center for the elderly recently paid off a $3,800 private debt owed by the daughter of the center's director.

The Southside Senior Citizen Center in St. Louis paid the debt. It was forced to do so after director Ollie Mae Stewart twice ignored court orders to garnishee her daughter's wages.

The daughter, Mary Parram Ali, is a billing supervisor for the center.

St. Louis Circuit Court records show that in April, Mercantile Bank took $3,866 from the center's checking account to pay back the money Ali owed to Jon E. Fuhrer, the lender.

Ali and her husband, Larry Parram Ali, borrowed $5,000 from Fuhrer in June 1991 to start a construction business, records show.

Mercantile's payment two weeks ago ended Fuhrer's 2 1/2-year effort to get the debt repaid.

Stewart is the executive director of the Southside Wellness Center and the Southside Senior Citizen Center, which receive federal and state money to provide meals and other services to elderly residents.

Stewart and Mary Ali refused Tuesday to talk to a reporter about the matter.

"The matter is not resolved, but I want you to leave this building," Mary Ali told the reporter Tuesday at the center.

While Fuhrer was fighting Southside to get his money, Southside had lent Stewart more than $120,000 to rehab a four-family flat she owns at 2837-39 Park Avenue. Southside's offices are at 3017 Park Avenue.

Stewart's tenants in the apartment building work at Southside, she says; among them are her grandson and his wife.

Richard Simon, Fuhrer's attorney, said the center refused to cooperate in the garnishment. He said his client would have been happy had Southside garnisheed Mary Ali's paychecks - something that the circuit court twice ordered.

"But the people at Southside, the director, didn't do anything to stop this from going against the company," Simon said. "They just completely ignored it, so we went to court to get sanctions against Southside."

In June 1991, Fuhrer lent the Alis $5,000 to help them operate the construction company, Fairview Building Group. …

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