Hotel seeks money from Groove

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A local hotel has taken legal action against the Augusta Groove for unpaid bills.

The Quality Inn and Suites on Claussen Road in Augusta filed the claim against Groove co-owner Gary Perry and the team in Richmond County Magistrate Court on Feb. 12 for $15,000, according to court records.

Linda Gregory, the hotel's general manager, said she received two separate payments from the Groove to cover portions of the outstanding bill, but both checks bounced.

"He has written us two worthless checks for $7,500 each for his team's stay in rooms at our motel," Gregory said. "He's going around and using everybody in town and taking advantage of them."

Perry denied that the checks bounced.

"That's not true," he said. "The check was stopped because of what happened at the hotel. I know they're going to have their side of it, but it was unsafe for our players to stay there, so we left.

"They were upset about certain things, and we were upset about certain things. We'll take care of it."

Members of the team stayed at the hotel from Dec. 13 through Jan. 21, according to the hotel's assistant general manager, Margaret Broadwater.

Those players and staff are now staying at the Partridge Inn, and Gregory said her hotel is done accommodating local sports teams.

"No more sports groups," she said. "I'm tired of it."

The suit was filed two days after multiple Groove players acknowledged signs of financial trouble within the team, including the fact that they had not received full payment for games played this season.

The same offense resulted in the Premier Basketball League revoking the membership of the Montreal Sasquatch on Feb. 5.

Carrie Ann May, director of league operations for the PBL, said the recent reports of financial problems within the Augusta Groove have prompted an investigation by the league.

"They're planning a conference call (today) to go over what's been coming into the league office," May said Tuesday.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 823-3216 or

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Cheech1 02/18/09 - 04:25 am
I didn't realize Dan Troutman

I didn't realize Dan Troutman was the financial advisor for The Groove. Sure sounds like a Lynx trick......

jackfruitpaper833 02/18/09 - 12:09 pm
How are you going to stay all

How are you going to stay all those days and then NOT PAY, get real, if it was so bad you should have checked out the first day. He owes them that money, this man is starting out wrong.

tebownation74 02/18/09 - 04:47 pm
I am going to keep my

I am going to keep my business name out of this response, but I too have a bitter taste in my mouth about the Groove and Gary Perry. I have a small business in which I made the team some T-shirts and put the Groove on net 30 terms. Well after racking up over $1700.00 in t-shirt invoices, I knew it was time to collect. Well, it took me a while to get some answers, finally I recieved a post dated check and held it until the proper day. A week later my business checking account showed the bounced check. I wrote checks off of this deposit, so therefore I had some bad checks on my end. I cleared up matters at my bank and went to collect my money from the Groove. Well, I was told they didn't have the money, that i could get it at the gate at the next home game. Long story short, 2 home games later, They had paid me $500.00. This process went on for two months and it was lie after lie from Gary Perry. The last one was, a sponsorship check was going to clear and I could get my money, another lie. Finally, Mr. Brown cleared up matters. This lasted 3 months and put my business in a financial strain. I had the samething happen with the Spartans and Jimmy Young, lesson learned!

tebownation74 02/18/09 - 04:49 pm
I agree with you

I agree with you Jackfruitpaper, he is starting out wrong. The best thing to do is to be honest. Don't cover a lie with another lie. I wish them success, but not on my expense anymore.

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