A Sour Lake woman has filed suit against her ex-husband, who she claims stole more than $30,000 while they were married.

Allison Kay Pierce claims her ex-husband, Mark Allen Pierce, forged her signature on a check worth $36,736, made payable to the couple on Oct. 6, 2004. Pierce claims she did not discover the fraudulent signature until sometime within the past four years.

"It was through Defendant's fraudulent and deceitful actions that kept the Plaintiff from discovering this fraud, deceit and breach of fiduciary duty any sooner than she did," the suit filed July 11 in Jefferson County District Court states.

In her complaint, Allison Pierce alleges fraud and deceit and breach of fiduciary duty, according to the complaint.

In her suit, Pierce is seeking a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Bruce Neill Smith of Smith and Shipley Law in Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Case No. D190-486

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