Accused con artist dismissed from suit

David Yates Feb. 24, 2012, 6:00am

A man accused of romancing women for their money has been dismissed from a lawsuit filed last February by a female victim.

As previously reported, Beverly Hickman claims she loaned Robert Horowitz tens of thousands of dollars in 2009 after he wooed her and claimed to need money for himself and for his business, Senior's Choice.

Court records show that on Dec. 27 Hickman had her notice of non-suit granted by Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, which dismissed all claims by all parties with prejudice.

Judge Sanderson had previously granted a joint motion for dismissal on Aug. 9 – a motion in which Hickman agreed to drop her claims against Senior's Choice, a business partially owned by Horowitz, and conversely the company agreed to drop its counterclaim.

Case background

Hickman gave Horowitz his first loan in December 2008, which he repaid in January 2009, according to the original complaint. Hickman loaned Horowitz a larger sum of money in February 2009, which Horowitz partially repaid, the suit states.

"He (Horowitz) has developed, and utilizes, a business practice for himself and for his business, Senior's Choice, in which he romances middle-aged, single women and borrows money from them to float his business, maintain his cash flow, and maintain his personal lifestyle," the suit filed Feb. 18 in Jefferson County District Court states.

On June 25, 2009, while still owing Hickman nearly $23,000, Horowitz begged her to provide him with an additional $20,000 loan, saying he would repay her by August, the complaint says.

Horowitz failed to repay Hickman after he developed a new romantic interest, she claims.

Hickman was seeking actual and exemplary damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Dana Timaeus of Timaeus & Rose LLP in Beaumont represented her.

Houston attorney Michael Burg represented Senior's Choice.

Case No. B189-398

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