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Griffin commissioner's wages garnished due to $2.5 million judgment

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GRIFFIN, GA (CBS46) -

Griffin City Commissioner Dick Morrow had his wages garnished as a result of a $2.5 million judgment related to an unpaid loan he guaranteed, according to court documents.

A garnishment affidavit served to the city of Griffin, showed Morrow owes $2,057.626 in principal, $157,539 in interest and $332,924.08 in attorney's fees.

"I've gone through several years of sleepless nights and have come to terms with it," Morrow told CBS Atlanta investigative reporter Jeff Chirico.

"I allowed a friend to lead me into a bad investment and scam and I have nobody to blame but myself," said Morrow who said he was defrauded by one of the partners involved in the investment.

According to court records, Morrow's July paycheck was garnished in the amount of $240.

Morrow showed Chirico court documents that show the garnishment has since been dismissed. He said that is due to the pending sale of the property that backed the loan.

CBS Atlanta News reported in 2010 that Morrow had accrued $54,000 in unpaid taxes. Morrow said that was the result of the same scheme and he has since cleared it up.

Morrow, who is planning to run for his fourth term, said this bad business decision should not diminish his constituents' confidence in him.

"This has nothing to do with [my job as commissioner]. I've always been very numbers conscious and careful," said Morrow.

Morrow pointed out that his former partners have declared bankruptcy but said he is "the last man standing" as he tries to clear his name.

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