Official, ex-wife resolve issues

Posted: September 14, 2013

The Winchester Star

Ben Weber

WINCHESTER — An order of dismissal for a lawsuit against a City Council member, unrelated to his government position, was entered on Friday in Winchester Circuit Court.

A lawsuit was brought against Ben Weber, 43, in June by Winchester-based Master Media Group (MMG). Weber — elected to represent Ward 3 on the City Council in 2012 — is the president and general manager of the company.

The lawsuit stated that — among other charges — Weber, in early 2012, used MMG’s bank accounts to write checks to either “cash” or “Ben Weber” totaling $5,662.50. It also alleged that Weber — from Jan. 10, 2010, through September 2012 — used MMG’s bank accounts to pay $102,260.84 on his personal credit card.

The lawsuit’s dismissal — which came before Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. — is pursuant to the terms of a marriage settlement agreement between Ben Weber and Kimberly Weber.

A final order of divorce was entered in Loudoun County on Tuesday. The marriage settlement agreement required Kimberly Weber — who previously owned 51 percent of MMG to Ben Weber’s 49 percent — to dismiss, with prejudice, the pending lawsuit against her now former husband.

In a phone interview on Friday, Ben Weber said the marriage settlement agreement gives him ownership of MMG, while Kimberly Weber will become owner of the Purcellville Gazette, formerly owned by MMG.

Ben Weber, who now works as director of sales for the Winchester-based construction business the Aikens Group, said he is pleased to be able to again work with his former clients at MMG.

While he cannot predict the future of the company since he now has a different full-time job, Weber said he wants to publish the Old Town Compass, an MMG property which contains event listings and advertisements for city businesses — on a monthly basis.

Robert E. Sevila, a Leesburg attorney representing MMG in the lawsuit, said the outcome was amicable for both sides.

— Contact Matt Armstrong atmarmstrong@winchesterstar.com