GALVESTON - Minnich Enterprises LLC has filed a lawsuit against a Tennessee man after he allegedly filed false liens in Galveston County, recent court documents say.

According to Minnich, Springfield, Tenn., resident Luke Laffin, doing business as Triple L Foundations, submitted liens on Vivian Esler's League City home and a Friendswood residence owned by Jerry and Peggy Stone that were improper and void.

The litigation was launched in Galveston County District Court on May 30.

The homeowners in question are not parties in the case.

Laffin served as a subcontractor for the plaintiff, doing business as T&M Elevation, on elevation raising projects at Esler and the Stones' houses.

He initiated the aforementioned liens, which total nearly $75,000, last month to which Minnich asserts were a result of falsified invoices.

The defendant reportedly overcharged the clients, but did not return the overpayments though he was told to by Minnich, the original petition says.

It adds the complainant discovered that Laffin had not paid his subcontractor, prompting the business to yield compensation totaling $24,700.

Consequently, Minnich seeks a declaratory judgment overturning the liens on the Esler and Stone properties.

Attorney John A. Buckley Jr. of Greer, Herz & Adams L.L.P. in League City is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-735

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