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New ‘RHOA’ Star Tanya Sam Accused Of Stiffing Employee Out Of $7K Bonus

RHOA Tanya Sam Ordered Court Pay Ex Employee Bonus
Source: Bravo

Dec. 11 2018, Updated 12:22 p.m. ET

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Welcome to the world of legally and financially challenged Bravolebrities!

Brand new Real Housewives of Atlanta star Tanya Sam and her husband, Paul Judd, were hit with an order to pay an employee they stiffed out of a $7,000 bonus, exclusively learned.

“Defendant (Tanya Sam) entered into a contract, further issue promissory to pay. Work’s completed as agreed. Defendants refused to pay as stipulated,” Cheryll Bolden stated in a claim she filed with the Magistrate Court of DeKalb County, GA against the new RHOA star.

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In Bolden’s claim, she included an email sent by Sam on June 27, 2018 promising to pay her the $7,000. She also included an invoice in the court documents obtained by

“Current Contractor Agreement: The Current contractor agreement will be terminated effective of Friday 7/13. You stated that the 2016 & 2017 tax returns will be completed in 2-3 weeks (meaning by 7/6 or 7/13). Upon achieving that milestone by 7/13, we will pay a bonus of $7,000. Thank you for all your work and contributions to making this happen,” Sam wrote to Bolden in the email.

On July 17, 2017 Bolden sent an invoice to Sam and Judge for the $7,000 bonus, $271.25 for hourly services and $35 for a wire transfer fee.

Sam and Judge responded to Bolden’s claim, denying they owed her any money.

“Neither Ms. Sam nor Mr. Judge had any contractual relationship with Cheryll Bolden. The only contract the Plaintiff alleges in this case was between Cheryll Bolden and Judge Holdings. Accordingly, Ms. Sam and Mr. Judge deny all allegations against them and request dismissal and/or judgment in their favor,” the documents obtained by stated.

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On November 19, 2018 the Magistrate ruled in Bolden’s favor, awarding her $7,000, $89 in court fees, according to the documents obtained by

She was not awarded the $271.25 for hourly services or the $35 for the wire transfer fee.

A source close to the case told that Bolden has not been paid the $7,000 as of December 6.

"The judge successfully ruled in favor of Tanya Sam and Paul Judge and dropped both of them from the case because there were no valid claims against them," a rep for Sam told "A company called Judge Holdings LLC was ordered to pay $7K and did so."

As previously reported, Sam is making $100,000 for her debut season on RHOA.

But she's not the only RHOA star in legal trouble. Her new co-star Shamari DeVoe’s husband Ronnie owed $366,000 in back taxes in Georgia, previously reported.

And NeNe Leakes had to cough up $842,000 to settle her own federal tax debt in 2017.

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