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Jefferson County residents sue mortgage company, others after refusing to transfer property title

By Ben Hart | Apr 14, 2014

A mortgage loan company, others are named in a breach of contract claim after allegedly refusing to transfer property title. 

Tomas Espinola, Mario Espinola and ESP Structure and Piping Solutions LLC filed a lawsuit March 31 in the Jefferson County District Court against Great Central Mortgage Acceptance Co. Ltd., its Trustees and Envirotech Services LLC, citing breach of contract. The plaintiffs are applying for a temporary restraining order and injunctive relief.

The plaintiffs state they entered into a loan agreement with the defendants for a property, at 3024 Commerce St. in Port Arthur. According to the complaint, the property was purchased on a Contract for Deed basis, which obligated the plaintiffs to pay $125,000, at which time the defendants would transfer the title to the property.

The suit alleges the plaintiffs paid the amount due to defendant Envirotech, but later found out Envirotech was not transferring the funds to defendant Great Central. The plaintiffs began sending their payments directly to Great Central, and when they had paid the agreed upon amount defendant Envirotech refused to transfer the title to the property, according to the complaint.

Subsequently, Great Western has filled for foreclosure on the property.

The plaintiffs are seeking declaratory relief, damages, a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction, attorney's fees and court costs.

The plaintiffs are being represented in the case by Port Arthur attorney James Wimberley of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele and Chatelain.

Jefferson County District Court Case No. B195-543


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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