SCRANTON, Pa. — A federal judge has upheld a $200,000 verdict in a lawsuit by a former veterans affairs director against a northeastern Pennsylvania county and two former commissioners.

A jury awarded the amount to former Luzerne County veterans affairs director Richard Wren in May, saying political associations were a “substantial or motivating factor” in his firing.

Wren was fired after he submitted an altered receipt for reimbursement, but he said commissioners used the incident as an excuse to terminate him because he supported a political adversary of theirs.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice ( ) reports that a federal judge on Friday rejected an effort to throw out the verdict. U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion said the county failed to file a supporting brief for its motion, which itself was filed too late.

Information from: The Citizens’ Voice,