The Chicago Cubs are suing former Hartford Courant newspaper carrier Mark Guthrie to get back $301,000 in pay that was intended to go to a former player with the same name.
The Cubs and Courant are owned by the Chicago-based Tribune Co., which deposited checks in the newspaper carrier's account in October that were intended for the pitcher.
The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Hartford, Conn., seeks monetary damages, interest and triple damages on the interest.
"The errors arose because the Cubs and the Hartford Courant use the Tribune's accounts payable system and both Mark Guthries were coded into the system as vendors," Tribune Co. lawyer Paul Guggina said in a statement.
When the carrier was slow in returning the money, the Cubs took $275,000 from his paycheck account, the lawsuit said.
Mark Lee, the carrier's attorney, said Guthrie is keeping the remaining $26,000 until the Cubs can assure him that he won't have to pay taxes on the overpayment.
Guthrie, 43, the carrier, was told that the Courant wasn't renewing his delivery contract, Lee said. A trial was set for July 2005. Guthrie, 38, the baseball player, spent 15 years in the major leagues. His last season was 2003 with the Cubs.
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