Richmond Hill dentist and Station Xchange developer Bill Trout remained in jail Friday after being arrested at the Bryan County Courthouse Wednesday on a contempt of court charge reportedly stemming from his 2008 divorce.
Trout’s attorney, Lloyd Murray, declined to comment. Molly Howard, the Savannah attorney representing Julie Trout, could not be reached Friday.
But according to a court order filed Feb. 19, Trout had failed to meet financial terms in the divorce decree or convince the judge he was financially unable to do so.
In the February order, Bill Trout was required to pay his ex-wife $50,000 and refinance or pay off the former couple’s marital homeThe court order also said that though Trout claimed he could not afford to meet the terms of his divorce settlement, he bought a $5,000 ring for his new wife, Brandy Williams, leased a 2008 Cadillac Escalade and paid more than $13,000 in Ford Plantation Club dues.
The order also said Trout offered then-business partner Rick Wissmach $250,000 in an attempt to buy him out of the Station Xchange project.
At least one local contracter also has claimed Trout owes him thousands of dollars related to Station Xchange.
In a recent Richmond Hill city council meeting, contractor Chuck Morse stood up and asked the city to look into Trout’s business practices.