Consulting group accuses business partner of embezzlement

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 15, 2019

GALVESTON — A Galveston County consulting group is suing a business partner, alleging he embezzled from the company for his own gains.

Fortitude Consulting Group Inc., doing business as Kinetic, and Crystal Roark, filed a complaint April 10 in Galveston County District Court against Tyler Bowman individually, Tyler Bowman DC LLC., Tyler Bowman doing business as Catalyst Chiropractic Sports Medicine and Tyler Bowman doing business as Kinetik Chiropractic and Sports Rehab alleging misappropriation of corporate funds, violation of the Texas Theft Liability Act, conversion, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, tortious interference with contracts and fraudulent transfer of assets.

According to the complaint, Kinetic and Crystal Roark was working with Bowman to provide health and wellness services. The company was formed April 28, 2017, and the suit says Bowman was a part-owner until March 27, 2019. The defendant allegedly made a contribution of $27,740 and the plaintiff's contribution was $116,101.70, the suit says. 

The lawsuit states Bowman refused to work full-time for the plaintiff and operated his own business in direct competition to the plaintiffs'. The defendant allegedly would cancel appointments at the plaintiff's in order to not drive across town. 

The suit says Bowman began referring to his own business as Kinetik and began to embezzle rent payments, which made the plaintiff's own business suffer. The suit alleges Bowman also slandered the plaintiff's business, resulting in financial ruin for the plaintiff and forcing the plaintiff out of business.

Kinetic and Roark seek trial by jury, attorney fees, consequential damages and all other just relief. They are represented by attorney Chris D. Collings of Collings & Associates PLLC in Houston.

Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-0651

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