The owner of a Beaumont company claims a Beaumont automotive dealer attempted to fraudulently transfer land to its name.

Glenn Cox and Accent on Excellence filed a lawsuit Nov. 12 in Jefferson County District Court against Emily Charrice Schnitz, Avant Schnitz and Avant's Automotive.

Cox and Accent allege they own property at 4880 College St. in Beaumont, which the Schnitzes transferred to themselves.

"On or about February 13, 2008, Mrs. Schnitz executed a Warranty Deed purportedly on behalf of Accent, transferring the property from Accent to Avant's," the suit states.

"Mrs. Schnitz is not the president of Accent, has never been the president of Accent, and had no authority to transfer this property to herself and to Avant's when this Deed was recorded."

Cox and Accent allege the Schnitzes committed fraud when they transferred the land.

They seek a declaratory judgment that the warranty deed is fraud and be declared void. They also seek actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs, attorneys' fees and other relief the court deems just.

Wyatt D. Snider, Justin G. Sanderson and Russell W. Heald of Snider and Byrd in Beaumont will be representing them.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D188-781

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