Photo by Ben Carlson
Lou Compton wears handcuffs and prison clothing as she exits the Anderson County Courthouse last Thursday afternoon.
‘Grinch’s’ finances questioned

By Ben Carlson

News staff

Questions surfaced Thursday about the financial ability of the owner of former Dairy Cheer restaurant to hire her own attorney when she admitted that she receives income and received a hefty settlement, neither of which were included on her application for a public defender.

Lou Compton, 68, faces 14 charges of theft by deception for allegedly not paying some of her employees and writing bad checks to others just before Christmas in 2011 when the restaurant closed, prompting them to dub her “Dairy Grinch.”