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Update: Scottsdale man gets court case dismissed

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A lawsuit was dropped against a Scottsdale man accused of not paying a debt even though he has proof that he paid it in full. (Source: 3TV) A lawsuit was dropped against a Scottsdale man accused of not paying a debt even though he has proof that he paid it in full. (Source: 3TV)
Bill Romjue won't have to go to court. (Source: 3TV) Bill Romjue won't have to go to court. (Source: 3TV)
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There is an update on a Scottsdale man who paid off a $2,228 bill in full but was being forced to pay it again; that is until 3 On Your Side got involved.

"It's a big sigh of relief, yes," Bill Romjue said.

And here’s why Romjue can breathe a sigh of relief. Documents cleared him of a debt for than $2,228.

"I received a form to sign for move for dismissal," Romjue said.

In a previous 3 On Your Side report, we told you how the Scottsdale man was having difficulties paying down that $2,228 balance he owed to an online retailer called Fingerhut. Romjue went on to say; "This debt did go unpaid almost a year."

[READ MORE: Paid bill leaves Scottsdale man hanging in the 'balance']

But Romjue got his finances together and managed to pay the balance in full. Not only did he pay it off but he overpaid it, and Fingerhut sent him back a check for $38.

In addition, he also received a couple of acknowledgments thanking him for those payments.

So, you can imagine Romjue's surprise when he received court documents saying he was being sued for the $2,228 balance that he had already been paid off.

"I'm kind of at a loss," Romjue said.

Romjue got a hold of 3 On Your Side, and we looked into the matter. The attorney's suing Bill sent us a statement that read: "..We are taking proactive steps towards an appropriate resolution."

And that's exactly what happened.

"I received something in the mail not long after the TV segment aired that appropriate steps were being taken," Romjue said.

According to Romjue, he later received paperwork indicating the attorneys were dropping the suit and that Romjue will no longer be pursued. Romjue says he's glad he won't have to go to court and says he owes it all to 3 On Your Side.

"Thank you very much, Gary, I appreciate all you've done for me," Romjue said.

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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