Brazos County JP Accused of Fraud Must Hand Over Documents

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

He is normally behind the bench, but Tuesday a Brazos County Justice of the Peace found himself on the other side of it.

Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Ramiro "Big Q" Quintero was in court to see if he would have to give up personal information requested by a couple that is suing him for fraud.

361st District Court Judge Steve Smith ordered Quintero to hand over certain documents to the court.

Quintero must compile a present statement of net worth that includes debts payable, bank account statements dating back to January 2007, insurance policy information that is pertinent to the case, and all information regarding foreclosures he's been associated with.

The lawsuit against Quintero was filed by Abel and Maria Maldonado who bought 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, forcing them out.

Quintero then bought back the home at a foreclure auction for $4,300.

News Three talked with attorneys on both sides of the case. The Maldonado's attorney, Ty Clevenger, says he believes Quintero has been delinquent on his taxes for years, so he needed the documents to see if Quintero could even pay damages. Quintero's attorney, Terrance Dill, says his client was acting within the law.

"This is a public official who has not paid his taxes in years and we think we have the right to know whether he has the money to pay this judgment or not," Clevenger said.

The Brazos County tax office says Quintero owes $32,537.24 in taxes. Officials say he has been making payments, and a portion of his pay check is automatically drafted by the Brazos County Tax Office.

"When people don't pay their debts you can expect their house to be foreclosed upon and I think in an attempt to mask that they haven't paid, they've brought up untrue allegations regarding the Quinteros," Dill said.

Some of those allegations include that of questionable behavior. They claim Quintero suggested that Maria Maldonado engage in prostitution to raise money to buy back her home.

The Maldonado's also requested a list of Quintero's donations including alleged gifts of furniture to the adult nightclub, Gems, in Robertson County. However, the owner of the Gem's called KBTX, and said Quintero has made no such donation.

Quintero has until July 15 to hand over all documents to the court.

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