Judge Says City Of Columbus Must Pay More To Helicopter Buyer

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A federal judge has ordered that Columbus pay more money to a Canadian businessman who claims the city sold him a defective helicopter.

U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost ruled this week that the city must pay $379,791 to Scott Baker, owner of Versatile Helicopters. He had claimed the 12-year-old police helicopter he bought in 2009 for $510,000 had numerous mechanical problems that cost more than $200,000 to repair.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a jury found in favor of Baker in September. An appeals court later ruled that Frost erred in ordering the city to pay $250,000.

The city had used a broker to sell the helicopter and claimed that Baker had bought the helicopter from the broker, not the city.