Dustin Johnson has sued a former board member of his foundation and his former law firm, accusing both of racketeering. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 28 in U.S. District Court and ordered sealed Oct. 30 by judge Steve Jones.
Nathan Hardwick, a former board member of the Dustin Johnson Foundation, resigned from the law firm of Morris Hardwick & Schneider in late August after he was sued Aug. 25 by his now former firm, accusing him of embezzling $30 million from the firm and affiilated title firm, Landcastle Title. Hardwick was accused of systematically depleting trust accounts for both the firm and title company.
Hardwick, in a statement made through his lawyer in August to Golfweek, claimed the money spent was owed him as his share of the firm’s profit as its now former managing partner.
On Oct. 8, Georgia man Jim Pritchard sued Hardwick and his former firm in Fulton (Ga.) Superior Court, accusing Hardwick of borrowing $2 million from Pritchard and not repaying a promissory note used to secure the loan. According to The Daily Report, the promissory note is the only still unsealed document related to Johnson’s suit against Hardwick and his former firm.
It’s unclear the connection of the promissory note to the Johnson lawsuit.