Man says Huntington caused him to be disqualified from Housing Authority

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 8, 2013

HUNTINGTON - A man is suing the City of Huntington after he claims the police department reported false information to the Huntington Housing Authority that caused him to be disqualified from the program.

On March 21, Jason R. Burkhardt applied for housing with the Huntington Housing Authority and, in conjunction with the application, the Housing Authority sought information from the Huntington Police Department concerning his criminal records, according to a complaint filed June 27 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Burkhardt claims the police department negligently and/or intentionally reported false information concerning him and, in turn, caused him to be disqualified from housing through the Housing Authority until Oct. 18, 2016.

The Huntington Police Department reported a charge against Burkhardt for Dec. 19, 2011, but failed to report that the charge had been dismissed by the State on Dc. 29, 2011, according to the suit.

Burkhardt claims Huntington also erroneously reported a charge dated Oct. 18, 2011, as drug paraphernalia rather than the accurate misdemeanor of intoxicating substance, which the Housing Authority specifically cited as its reason for determining that he was ineligible for housing

The City of Huntington negligently published false statements about Burkhardt, causing him to be denied housing resulting in economic damages, according to the suit.

Burkhardt is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Scott H. Kaminski of Balgo & Kaminski LC.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge F. Jane Hustead.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 13-C-444

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