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Washington state lawsuit says contractor work went unpaid

A Washington state businessman is facing a third lawsuit over claims his company kept payments for work performed by subcontractors, court records said.

A lawsuit said Kristopher Lapp pocketed $505,000 meant to pay for work in Hanford, The Tri-City Herald reported Wednesday.

The latest lawsuit brings the claims by contractors against Lapp to more than $1.8 million.

Lapp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit filed this week in court by E2 Consulting Engineers said it provided staff to contractors on behalf of Lapp's company, i-3 Global.

Lapp's firm stopped paying invoices E2 Consulting sent for five staff members working in Hanford, 189 miles (304 kilometers) southeast of Seattle. Checks later sent by i-3 Global bounced, the lawsuit said.

E2 Consulting "was provided with various explanations regarding the deficient payments and the promise the payments would soon be made," the lawsuit said.

E2 Consulting asked the court to give power to a trust over accounts and assets of i-3 Global and Lapp related to the money the California company said it is owed.

A trial is scheduled for May 2020.

Lapp faces additional trials in April 2020 on lawsuits filed by Integrated Global of Kennewick and Columbia State Bank, court records said.

Integrated Global provided staff to fulfill i-3 Global contracts at a nuclear reservation site and said in court documents that it is owed nearly $450,000.

Lapp borrowed $700,000 from Columbia State Bank in October 2017 and now owes $883,200, including interest and fees, the bank's lawsuit said.

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