Rachel Noerdlinger, the controversial chief of staff of Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife, was sued and hit with more than $7,200 in a default judgment last year from a credit card debt, according to Bronx Civil Court records.
The lawsuit was filed by Midland Funding, LLC., a company that purchases delinquent accounts from credit card companies and banks. Midland alleged in court papers that the credit card account was originally opened in June 2008 with JPMorgan Chase Bank and, as of March 2013, rose to an unpaid balance of $6,304.74 after showing a last payment in June 2010.
Despite a request for payment, Noerdlinger didn't pay the balance and the lawsuit was started, which led to a default judgment of $7,204.36, with interest and costs, on July 31, 2013, court records show.
In January 2014, Noerdlinger was named chief of staff for Chirlane McCray, the mayor's wife, shortly after she entered into an agreement with Midland that vacated the default judgment. According to a stipulation filed with the court, Noerdlinger and Midland agreed that the case would be discontinued "without prejudice," which means it could be restarted if necessary.
Court records didn't show what financial agreement Noerdlinger may have had with Midland to end the lawsuit. Noerdlinger makes $170,000 in her chief of staff position.
"Rachel Noerdlinger reached settlements with both JPMorgan Chase and Verizon, and has set up a payment plan with JPMorgan to settle outstanding accounts," said de Blasio spokesman Phil Walzak. "In addition, Rachel owes $12.50 to the Edgewater Public Library for overdue library books," he said in apparent jest.
Noerdlinger, a former public relations adviser to the Rev. Al Sharpton, became the focus of attention when it became known in recent weeks that she failed to disclose to the city Department of Investigation that she lived with Hassaun McFarlan -- an ex-con who served prison time for manslaughter.
With Matthew Chayes and Emily Ngo