Co-owner of defunct barber college sues former partner for misappropriation

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Aug 26, 2009

GALVESTON - A Galveston man argues his barber school failed because of his business partner's alleged contempt of an agreement dating back to 2005, recent court documents say.

Glen Wilson is seeking a temporary injunction against Grenier McClain of Houston from Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner.

Wilson claims McClain misappropriated the funds intended for the now-defunct Supreme Barber College in La Marque, as well as behaved in a matter that was detrimental to him and the business.

The case, filed Aug. 21, states that the plaintiff's then-wife and the defendant entered into the agreement in question on Feb. 14, 2005.

When the Wilsons divorced in 2008, the plaintiff was awarded 100 percent of his ex-wife's shares.

McClain subsequently refinanced the Supreme Barber College's loan in her own name, but refused to add Wilson's name to the account because she said Wilson had a low credit rating, the suit says.

Wilson claims McClain moved the money to another bank, and insists he has not seen a cent.

He adds the defendant acted peculiar around him.

"There are times when Grenier McClain arrives at the barber college prior to the students and customers arriving, positions her self behind the cash register, and creates a disturbance if Glen Wilson attempts to collect the money from the students and customers," the suit says.

"At the end of the day, Grenier McClain puts the money in her wallet and leaves the business."

It shows Wilson opened another bank account earlier this month only to be met with resistance from McClain.

Meanwhile, Supreme Barber College suffered declining patronage, according to the original petition.

The school was ultimately shuttered Aug. 20, a day before Wilson filed the suit.

"Glen Wilson was forced to close the barber college and send the students home because of Grenier McClain's conduct at the business," the complaint says.

"Further Glen Wilson was forced to turn away paying customers during the time that the business was closed and lost revenues for those days."

Wilson goes on to fault the defendant for discrepancies in his salary totaling more than $10,000 in addition to multiple instances in which he was allegedly harmed or threatened with harm.

The suit names Monroe McClain Sr., a relative of Grenier McClain, as a co-defendant but does not specify his role in the matter.

Aside from the injunction, Wilson is asking for reimbursement of attorney's fees.

Galveston attorney Thomas P. Nixon is representing the plaintiff.

Case No. 09CV1529,

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