Thaddeus Matthews target of civil suit over D.C. trip - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Thaddeus Matthews target of civil suit over D.C. trip

Annie Smith says she paid Matthews $800 for a trip Matthews organized to Washington, D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration Annie Smith says she paid Matthews $800 for a trip Matthews organized to Washington, D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration
Smith never went and said Matthews never returned the money when plans changed. Smith never went and said Matthews never returned the money when plans changed.
Smith filed a civil suit in an attempt to recover her cash.  Matthews says he doesn't owe her a dime. Smith filed a civil suit in an attempt to recover her cash. Matthews says he doesn't owe her a dime.

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Annie Smith's opinion of controversial Memphis radio and TV host Thaddeus Matthews is as frank as he can often be.    

"He's a thief and he's a liar and not to be trusted," said Smith.

Smith said she paid Matthews $800 for a trip he organized to Washington D.C. to see President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

But Smith never went and said Matthews never returned the money when plans changed.

"My whole goal was to be there for history," said Smith.  "I wanted to be a part of history."

Smith filed a civil suit Thursday in an attempt to recover her cash.  But Matthews told us he doesn't owe her a dime.

"When my legal situation happened in November I did turn the trip over to somebody else," said Matthews.  "There were some issues."

Matthews said everyone involved eventually got their money back from him and still went on the trip, as far as he knew.  At least one woman who went did back up his story to Action News 5.

As for Ms. Smith, Matthews said he recalls paying a person who came to his office representing her.

"Every person that was supposed to get their money got their money back," said Matthews.

"Thaddeus is a thief and he's not truthful," said Smith.

Matthews said Ms. Smith is connected to former business associates with whom he had a falling out.  That's something Smith denied.

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