Montgomery County Pays $1.6 Million to Contractor, District Attorney Apologizes

Risa Vetri Ferman issued a formal apology to a Radnor contractor she called "particularly despicable" in 2009.

Walter Logan, a Radnor contractor who was arrested on theft charges five years ago, received a $1.6 million settlement from Montgomery County. He also got an apology from Montco district attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.

Flash back to 2009, when Logan was charged with defrauding the Salem Baptist Church in Jenkintown out of $300,000. At the time, Furman said the alleged crimes were “particularly despicable” and “really very low.”

Logan’s company had been hired to do work for the Salem church, and told NBC 10 at the time the charges stemmed from a contract dispute. But the charges were dropped a year later — eight months after a civil arbiter ruled the church actually owed Logan money.

Here’s the apology Logan received:

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office apologizes to Mr. Logan for the arrest and any statements made to the press regarding the arrest. There is no credible evidence that Mr. Logan ever stole anything from Salem Baptist Church, and we retract any statements to that effect.

Logan said his reputation was ruined and that he missed out on several big contracts after the arrest. Per the Inquirer, the county is only on the hook for $250,000 of the $1.6 million settlement; insurance will cover the rest.