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Is the Deadbeat show co-host a deadbeat?

Nichole Compton (Source: WAVE 3 News) Nichole Compton (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It's a TV show with attitude, with lines like these from the show's hosts: “Mo' drama for your momma,” “he's a landscaper but he hasn't been planting any coin in his baby momma's pocket,” “he better start delivering the money or he's gonna spend more days in jail.”

Deadbeat: Kentuckiana Child Support Court calls out and puts down parents who don't pay their debts in self-described snarky commentary: “Many times they have their head in the sand and act like it's gonna go away," “if you're having trouble collecting from a loser ex, we want to hear from you,” “he needs to learn to not play the lump sum players game.”

But a WAVE 3 News investigation found a long list of others have had trouble collecting from one of the hosts of the Deadbeat show.

“It's much better to take your head out of the sand, make a payment, get in line,” said co-host Nichole Compton in Episode 4. 

Pages full of creditors were in line to get payments from Compton by 2008.

Just under $400,000 in liabilities were listed in claims from banks, student loans, utilities, etc.

Compton, who is also running for district court judge in Jefferson County, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In 2009, she was granted a discharge, meaning the debts were wiped out.

“Upon the advice of my counsel, I filed chapter 7. Is it something I wished had happened? No it's not. But I do think it's going to make me a wonderful judge and that's what makes me normal,” said Compton.

But the claims that Compton wasn't paying her bills didn't disappear with those discharged debts.

In 2011, Yellow Book sued her and won a judgment against Compton for $7,900 in debt plus interest.

Compton's political career is also marked with disputed debts. A 2014 small claims complaint alleges Compton never paid a campaign worker $2,500.

In dueling 2011 lawsuits, F5 enterprises claimed Compton owed them $21,000 for work done in connection with her political campaign. Compton sued F5 for "harassing and intimidating conduct.”

F5 filed a complaint with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, and the registry ruled Compton violated KRS 121 by failing to timely report an unpaid campaign debt.

Compton tried to have her debts wiped out a second time, by filing a chapter 13 bankruptcy claim in 2011, with estimated liabilities between $100,000 and $500,000, but the docket noted she "may not be eligible for a discharge in this case" because she got a "Chapter 7 discharge within the last four years."

So she says she stopped pursuing that bankruptcy on advice of her counsel.

“I'm an attorney. I'm not afraid to use the system to use it for what it's for. You may also notice I sue people. I sue people daily,” she said.

“Do you feel good about a show that calls people 'loser ex', puts people down, a show you're affiliated with, after all this stuff?” I asked.

“I've heard nothing but positive stuff about the show. Judges, secretaries, clerks, sheriffs come to me and say 'my favorite part of the show is the part you do,'” she replied.

“My character is of such, if I owe you, wronged you, I try to make it right and move forward.. Just like the Bible says, I don't want to owe anybody anything but love,” Compton said.

What happens when Compton is owed money? When her client in a 2010 case wanted her payments refunded and refused to pay more because of the "negligent" job she said Compton did, Compton sued her, and won a judgment for $2,500.

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