In her filing, Alston listed as her personal property the $100 she had in her pocket, $50 she had in a personal checking account at Industrial Bank, a sofa, two beds, four chairs, a television, and a 2005 Saab that had 90,000 miles. She listed her income as $3,597 a month. Her monthly expenses were $5,993.
Her list of debts included $132,137 she owed Sallie Mae for student loans; $20,664 she owed on her car loan; more than $4,400 to the state of Maryland; $3,800 she owed AT&T Mobility, Verizon and Pepco; and $3,500 she owed to a Lanham karate school.
Parker, her former law partner, accused her of charging more than $35,000 in personal expenses to their firm in a complaint filed in 2008 in Prince George’s County Circuit Court.
Parker, who declined to comment on the case, and Alston opened a practice together in September 2007, according to the complaint. Alston, the complaint states, was responsible for overseeing the firm’s finances.
Three months later, according to the suit, they dissolved their partnership after Parker discovered that Alston had used the firm’s American Express card to charge $8,557 in expenses of a “personal nature, including a trip to Las Vegas, spa treatments, shoes, dining out, etc.”
Alston, in her response to the complaint that she filed with the court, denied that the charges were personal.
Parker also found that Alston had put $24,496 in charges on the firm’s line of credit at M&T Bank, about $17,000 of which Parker said she had not agreed to, according to the complaint. Parker also learned that the bank account that funded the firm’s day-to-day operations was overdrawn by $5,700.
Parker and Alston dissolved their partnership in December 2007, after which Parker filed the lawsuit.
They settled their dispute in 2009. Alston agreed to pay Parker $20,695, according to court records. Nine months later, Alston declared bankruptcy.