Attorney Joe Amendola sued by credit card issuer over balance due

A credit card company is claiming that local attorney Joe Amendola racked up more than $25,000 in debt and hasn’t paid a dime since the account went delinquent.

American Express Bank filed a lawsuit this week in Centre County Court, contending that Amendola owes $25,485 in charges and interest on the card. The lawsuit does not say when Amendola allegedly took on the debt.

A criminal defense lawyer, Amendola is known for representing clients in high-profile cases, most notably the child sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky that attracted national attention. Sandusky was convicted and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison for molesting young boys.

Amendola remained on the case until an appeal hearing in January, in which he testified as a witness and said he didn’t have enough time to prepare Sandusky’s defense. A judge denied the appeal.

Lawyers for the bank want Amendola to pay up and are seeking judgment for the balance on the card and court costs.

When reached Wednesday, Amendola said he hadn’t seen the paperwork and could not comment until he can review the lawsuit.

A bank statement from February shows that Amendola was carrying a balance of $25,376 and had a minimum payment due of $6,556, according to documents filed this week in the civil suit.

The lawsuit contends that Amendola failed or refused to make monthly payments as they became due. After the account became delinquent, Amendola still made no payments, according to lawyers for the bank.