Lawsuit Plaintiffs Ask Court to End JP's Silence

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

A Brazos County Justice of the Peace will find out Tuesday whether he'll be forced to answer personal questions that have arisen out of a lawsuit.

Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Ramiro "Big Q" Quintero is scheduled to appear before 272nd District Court Judge Steve Smith at 1:30 p.m. who will rule on a motion to require Quintero to provide information requested by a Bryan couple that is suing him for fraud.

Their attorney wants to know about Quintero's property holdings, net worth, litigation history and income tax payments. He also wants information about Quintero's donations, including an alleged gift of furniture to an adult nightclub in Robertson County.

Quintero has refused to divulge any of the information saying the requests are vague or irrelevant to the lawsuit. As for the donated furniture, Quintero's attorney responded, "...the only possible use of this information is to attempt to embarrass Defendant as it has no value to the claims asserted by Plaintiffs."

The lawsuit was filed by Abel and Maria Maldonado who purchased a home from Quintero in 1989 for $30,000. When the Maldonado's were late with a mortgage payment to the bank in 2006, they say Quintero made the payment, then foreclosed on the property and evicted them. They say Quintero then bought back the home from the bank for $4,300.

The Maldonado's suit also accused of Quintero of inappropriate remarks toward Maria. One complaint states, "Some time around the latter part of May (2007), Plaintiff Maria Maldonado personally appealed to Defendant Ramiro Quintero not to foreclose on her home. Defendant Ramiro Quintero suggested that Plaintiff Maria Maldonado engage in prostitution to raise money to buy back her home."

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