Limo service claims Mailman didn't deliver on $60,000 in bills

Updated: August 13, 2003, 3:57 PM ET

SALT LAKE CITY -- A limousine service says former Utah Jazz star Karl Malone owes it nearly $60,000 in fares and interest.

Deano Herrera, owner of DLSS Transportation Inc., says Malone owes $57,912 in limo services for Malone, Malone's family and the Karl Malone Foundation for Kids from 1998 through 2000.

Malone, who recently signed to play with the Los Angeles Lakers, said the services were either donated to his foundation or were "in-kind" trades.

But Herrera says that $25,893 worth of the rides were for Malone himself, not the foundation. Included in the invoices were limo trips to Wendover, Nev., for Malone's mother. According to DLSS invoices, "Ms. Shirley & Company" were driven to the Peppermill Casino three separate times at $556 per round-trip.

Other invoices are for driving Malone, family and friends around town.

"We have signed trip sheets. Why would I take his mother to a casino in Wendover all those times for free?" Herrera said. "How can a guy who makes what he makes in one game not pay a business a lousy $60,000 that he owes?"

Malone left the U.S. Olympic team Wednesday after learning of his mother's sudden death.

Malone's Salt Lake City lawyer, J. Randall Call, counters the services were offered free to the foundation. "DLSS received free tables at the events and coverage in the programs indicating it made contributions."

Malone's attorneys have asked DLSS for an accounting of exactly what Malone, himself, allegedly owes, separate from what the foundation might owe.

"There are some charges that may have been paid for and there are some the Malones might agree they owe -- if so, they will get paid," Call said.

But Herrera insists he won't settle for anything less than the full $57,912, plus nearly $15,000 in interest.

"He [Malone ] avoided paying his bills year after year after year," Herrera said. "Karl is one of these people who thinks everybody owes him."

The case is headed for trial sometime early this fall.

Malone, who entered into several businesses during his time in Utah, entered a project with a production company in the mid-1990s to produce a series of workout videos. The project never took off, and Malone was left to pay off a substantial bank loan.

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