June 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Bentivolio resolves claims on pay, bonuses with former aide

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Pontiac — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit in which the ex-campaign manager for Michigan Congressman Kerry Bentivolio sought pay and bonuses he claimed were owed him, both sides said Wednesday.

Grosse Pointe Park attorney Robert Dindoffer sued Bentivolio, the Milford Republican, earlier this year in Oakland County Circuit Court, alleging he was fired as senior adviser without reason in April 2013 and subsequently cheated out of more than $154,000 in pay and bonuses. He said he was promised the money if Bentivolio won the 2012 election to the 11th District House seat under a campaign management agreement.

Both parties sought mediation and came to an agreement last week, said Kevin Stoops, Dindoffer’s attorney. “It has all been resolved, but due to confidentiality I cannot discuss it,” Stoops said Wednesday.

Bentivolio’s attorney declined to comment, and an aide to the congressman said there may be a statement next month when the agreement has been signed and approved by Oakland Circuit Judge James Alexander. At the time the lawsuit was filed, the congressman denied owing his former aide any money.

Bentivolio, 62, is in a hotly contested Aug.5 primary race against fellow Republican David Trott of Farmington Hills.

Trott has reported a campaign war chest of more than $1 million, much of it his own money.

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