Man wants his computer back, but former employee wants much more

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 27, 2006

WINFIELD – A Hurricane man filed a lawsuit against his former employer seeking possession of a computer he says belongs to him.

The company, however, has filed a counterclaim, saying the man is responsible for more than $60,000 in merchandise and services.

Kenneth Glen Thevenin originally filed his suit against A-1 Computer Repair in Putnam County Magistrate Court. But it was removed to Putnam Circuit Court on April 24.

In his original claim, Thevenin said a "custom-built computer was given to me as payment for work performed off and on from Dec. 1, 2005, to Feb. 12, 2006, in the computer shop. I was told (I was) no longer needed at the store and was not allowed to take personal affects (sic) with me.

"I seek to be granted my computer and printer and all software I came in store with and to be repaid for this civil action suit."

Thevenin says the value of his property is $1,016.

In the counterclaim, filed by attorney David Hill, A-1 denies the allegations and goes on the offensive.

Thevenin "formerly helped and loafed" at the Teays Valley business, the counterclaim says.

"Upon information and belief, he either took, gave away, sold or otherwise wrongly converted, disposed of" a list of items that includes 50 computer monitors, 37 used computers, various used hardware and software and new computer parts. The list also includes store cleanup and inventory hours. The total financial losses, the counterclaim says, was $62,170.

A-1, which is owned by Robert Henry, seeks that amount from Thevenin as well as interest, court costs and attorney fees.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge O.C. "Hobby" Spaulding.

Putnam Circuit Court case number: 06-C-130

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