ISI President Ryan Leestma, a prominent Grand Rapids businessman, gave Kaplan $20,000 in cash, a personal loan of $27,950 and financial assistance with a mortgage, the county's lawsuit claims.
brought suit against Muskegon County based on its breach of the parties' agreements," Leestma
said in a written statement.
"We are confident in our position and that the County will be held accountable with a substantial damage award.
The countersuit has no merit and was filed to shift the focus away from the County's substantial damage exposure.
After the Court hears the evidence, we are confident that the countersuit will be dismissed."
and Kaplan's representatives have previously have publicly acknowledged the personal loan, which was said to be paid off.
explained the circumstances of his personal loan to Kaplan:
said that such overpayment couldn't occur.
"Every invoice that contained hardware or software was approved after serial numbers, contract numbers, license keys were presented and verified by a county employee," Leestma
"How can you double pay an invoice when the same person is cataloging all that hardware and software received?"
"Frankly, no one should believe a word that the county says," Leestma
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