Georgia couple sues attorneys in Beaumont and Illinois for fraud

Ben Hart Mar. 13, 2014, 3:34pm

A Georgia couple is suing over claims an attorney's misconduct ruined their credit scores and caused them financial ruin.

Ken and Ashley Griffin filed a lawsuit March 6 in the Jefferson County District Court against Kenneth Leigh Parker Jr., Law Office of Leigh Parker in Beaumont, Amanda Verett and Verett Law P.C. of Edwardsville, Ill., citing negligence, misconduct, breach of duty, fraud and violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. 

The Griffins claim they hired the defendants to counsel them regarding a home they owned in Illinois after they moved to Beaumont.

According to the suit, defendant Parker advised them to combine their mortgage with a line of credit and sell the house as a short sale. He also advised the Griffins that Bank of America required them to pay the Illinois mortgage for only four months.

The suit alleges Parker deceived the Griffins in telling them he filed a suit against Bank of America and their credit score would be restored, and they would also be compensated for their troubles.

According to the brief, the information they received from Parker was false, causing their impressively high credit score to drop, their Illinois home to be foreclosed on, and ultimately caused them financial ruin.

The Griffins are seeking damages, interest, attorney fees and court costs.

They are being represented in the case by Houston attorneys Lance Christopher Kassab and David Eric Kassab, of The Kassab Law Firm.

Jefferson County District Court Case No. D195-466


This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Jefferson County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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