Thursday, August 30, 2012

Couple Say Pastor Screwed Them Over In Home Sale; Claim Clergyman Abused Trust Relationship, Language Barrier To Dupe Them Into Signing 'Toxic' Docs

In Austin, Texas, Courthouse News Service reports:

  • After defrauding a married couple in a home sale, their pastor tried to wrongfully evict them, the couple claims in court - and they say they're not the only ones.

    Maximino Medenilla Gonzalez and Janeth Denova Jaimes sued Salvador Villegas, in Travis County Court. They claim they're not the only victims of the pastor, who "perpetuates a relationship of trust, then defrauds individuals when they 'buy' a house from him."

    The couple say they bought a home from Villegas in 2007, after leasing it for a year. They claim Villegas "urged" them to buy the property and preyed upon their language difficulties by having them sign incorrect documents, which left them owing more than the actual balance of the mortgage.

    "Interestingly, defendant knew that plaintiffs were not English speaking, but to take advantage of them had all the documents created in English, despite the fact that he himself the defendant spoke fluent English and Spanish, so to have the documents in Spanish would not have created any inconvenient [sic] whatsoever," the complaint states.

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