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Ex-Alamo followers closer to collecting from suit

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 24, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.


FILE — Tony Alamo answers questions from reporters Friday, November 13, 2009 outside the federal courthouse in Texarkana after he was sentenced to the maximum of 175 years for transporting girls across state lines for sex.

— The attorney for two former followers of convicted evangelist Tony Alamo is being allowed to pursue the sale of a portion of properties once held by an Alamo assistant.

The attorney for Spencer Ondrisek and Seth Calagna is trying to collect $1.5 million each man was awarded in a federal lawsuit against Alamo aide John Kolbek that accused Kolbek of beating them.

The Texarkana Gazette reports ( ) that Miller County Circuit Judge Griffin nullified deeds that transferred Kolbek’s 20 percent interest in properties in Fouke and Fort Smith to other members of Alamo’s ministry. The transfers were made after Ondrisek and Calagna’s lawsuit was filed.

Kolbek died in January.

Alamo is serving a 175 year prison sentence after being convicted of taking young girls across state lines for sex.

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