In 2015, the owner of a $1 billion hotel in the Atlanta suburbs was found guilty of criminal contempt for failing to pay $800,000 in rent to a former tenant.
In a landmark decision, a federal judge found the hotel operator, the Atlanta-based Marriott, was in contempt of court for failing the law and breaking a tenant’s lease, which required the hotel to pay rent to the tenant.
The case is now headed for the US Supreme Court, and the hotel’s owners are appealing to a lower court.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the case earlier this month.
The hotel’s owner, The Marriott Group, has a long history of mismanagement, lawsuits and litigation, according to the AJC.
According to the report, hotel owner Tom Glynn’s failure to pay his rent has been a sticking point for his business, as he has faced multiple lawsuits from tenants who claim they have been illegally evicted.
In 2013, Glynn was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to criminal contempt.
The AJC reported that Glynn has a history of financial mismanagement.
In 2008, the hotel failed to pay back $1 million in mortgage payments and lost $200,000 on hotel bookings, according the AJCA.
The report also noted that hotel employees had been making $10 an hour and had to work 24-hour shifts to make ends meet.
In May, Glynns daughter was arrested after she allegedly tried to bribe an officer to allow her to work as a security guard at a hotel in Miami.
According the AJT, the case stemmed from an investigation by the Miami-Dade Police Department into a $7 million casino gambling debt.
The city had said it was in the process of closing the casino and would not pay off the debt.
Glynn pleaded guilty in December 2016 to three counts of criminal and civil contempt of the city of Miami.
He was sentenced in September to one year of supervised release, with credit for time served.