Port Arthur couple claims son forged property documents

Kelly Holleran Apr. 23, 2012, 7:49am

A Port Arthur couple has filed suit against their son, claiming he forged documents making it seem like he owned additional property.

Elgie Jenkins Jr. and Inez Jenkins allege their son, defendant Elgin Jenkins Jr. altered a deed addressed to him. On the original deed, a certain lot was conveyed to Elgin Jenkins Jr., but he amended the agreement to add to more lots of land, according to the complaint filed March 29 in Jefferson County District Court.

"Plaintiffs did not make any of these handwritten additions to the deed," the suit states. "Furthermore, Plaintiffs do not own, nor have they ever owned Lot Number Eight, Montrose 1 Addition to the City of Port Arthur."

On Jan. 18, the plaintiffs sent their son a letter requesting that he voluntarily correct his deed, but he refused to do so, the complaint says. Instead, Elgin Jenkins Jr. brought the letter to his lawyer, who replied that the plaintiffs allowed an unnamed preparer to make the altercation in their presence. The plaintiffs contend the lawyer's statement is false.

In their complaint, the plaintiffs are allegeing slander of title, statutory fraud and malice against Elgin Jenkins Jr.

They are seeking a correction deed; actual, exemplary, consequential and additional damages; pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest rate allowed by law; and attorney's fees. They are also seeking costs and other relief the court deems just.

They will be represented by Bruce Gregory of Gregory Law Firm in Port Neches.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Case No. A192-242

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