Councilwoman Moy says she and husband want to pay debts

By From page A3 | January 08, 2014

Catherine Moy

Catherine Moy

FAIRFIELD — City Councilwoman Catherine Moy says she and her husband confront serious health issues, but want to pay all of their bills – including $4,481 on a Citibank credit card that led to a collection case filed in Solano County Superior Court.

“I do hope that the public understands people who are elected also can get sick just like anybody else,” Moy said, “and fall on hard times.”

Moy, 52, was diagnosed in May with a rare form of cancer and underwent six months of chemotherapy. She had been working as a director of marketing for an olive oil company in Suisun Valley.

She said she did not know about the Dec. 20 court filing involving her Citibank account. Midland Funding, a debt collection company, said in court documents that it tries to resolve accounts without litigation. Moy said she had not heard anything about problems involving the Citibank account.

Her husband Kenneth, who worked as a roofing contractor, was diagnosed in 2012 with arthritis that left him unable to walk, Moy said. Medicine has improved his mobility, she said.

A separate court filing in 2012 by Discover Bank named the couple and sought $14,480 in a collection case. Catherine Moy said she doesn’t know whether or not the earlier collection case has been resolved. Moy was named in a similar lawsuit in 2011 by American Express. Court records show that a default judgment of $8,192 was entered in favor of American Express.

“We’ve had a run of considerably bad luck,” she said. “We do want to pay all of our bills.”

Councilwoman Moy returned Dec. 3 to the council chambers after previously listening and participating at home in the meetings via an audio connection.

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  • elleryJanuary 08, 2014 - 1:00 am

    We need people with more integrity making decisions for our city .

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  • Mr. PracticalJanuary 08, 2014 - 5:41 am

    Where is the lack of integrity?

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  • Legend1949January 08, 2014 - 5:50 am

    Sounds like this ones like all the rest of the "elected servants of the people", she just got caught Resign until you've got everything cleared up, show the voters that you meant what you said and run again

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  • Mr. PracticalJanuary 08, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Caught? They have financial problems due to health issues. This really isn't even newsworthy. It doesn't effect her ability to do her job as councilwoman.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 08, 2014 - 6:45 am

    Wow, we are a brutal bunch here. Whether or not you like her politics, respect her families health issues. 50-60% of all bankruptcies are due to heath related problems. People are losing their homes because they get sick! Have a little compassion, this is real, it is sad and I would not want to have my personal life laid out here for the entire world to see. Best of luck to you and your family Ms. Moy.

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  • TeriJanuary 08, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Missing from your list of debtors is a local roofing supplier. They were awarded a very large judgment yet to be resolved.

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  • boomJanuary 08, 2014 - 9:46 am

    @CD-Most of us aren't trying to hear excuses about not paying bills when you have someone who's getting director pay at a company AND collecting city council money too. Its irresponsible not to pay your debts in a timely manner and to top it off with the "I didn't know" defense really says a lot about this woman. They DO send you bills And let you KNOW when you are past due, "I didn't know" doesn't fly with me.

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  • The MisterJanuary 08, 2014 - 9:22 am

    I understand that things happen, which is why we save up for a rainy day, right? Question: how many people have their Dave Ramsey baby step 1 done... $1000 in an emergency fund? How many people have credit cards paid off? How many people thought it more important to get 22 inch rims or tattoos or a large HD TV than to pay down debt? The point is, if you've allowed your financial life to be controlled by others (easy credit, advertising, peer pressure) and not by you... and you didn't have the self-discipline to make it otherwise... then when bad things happen, their effect is hugely greater. I don't know, but it sounds like Cat Moy has a hugely greater problem.

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  • Ted MoodyJanuary 08, 2014 - 9:54 am

    What this boils down to is "NO excuses!" This comes from high living on credit. I'm not interested in a councilwoman, who purports to handle the county's business, and who can't take care of her own, a liability. NO EXCUSES! Resign.

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  • rlw895January 08, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    Looks like ObamaCare has come none too early for Kat and Ken. She has to stay on the City Council to receive City health insurance.

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  • Papa BearJanuary 08, 2014 - 4:43 pm

    there but for the grace of God go...all of us.

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  • JoshJanuary 08, 2014 - 11:37 pm

    Best of luck to Catherine and "Ken Man." :)

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  • HeadMeetWallSeptember 30, 2014 - 11:13 am

    You don't get taken to court by debt collectors for failing to make a couple payments, and they don't take you to court out of the blue without making multiple attempts to settle outside court. So her excuse that she wasn't aware doesn't hold water. This is a common debt tactic - don't make any minimum payments, go to court, and settle for 50 cents on the dollar. Also, out of their almost $27,000 credit card debt, only about $4,500 of that comes from after the time she was sick. Once again, smoke screens and you're all falling for it.

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