Crime & Real Estate

Davis Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charges, Hamilton Indicted

By Bethany Erickson / March 1, 2019 / 1 Comment

Former Dallas City Council member Carolyn Davis pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a local developer, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Friday. AmeriSouth Realty Group founder and CEO Ruel Hamilton was indicted on two counts of bribery as well, officials said. Documents for both Davis’ plea and Hamilton’s indictments were unsealed Friday. US Attorney Erin […]

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Christian Custom Homes CEO Now Facing SEC Charges

By Bethany Erickson / January 28, 2019 / 1 Comment

SEC charges come two months after the Texas State Securities Board charged Christian Custom Homes CEO Phillip Carter with fraud Agency alleges Carter and two co-conspirators defrauded more than 270 investors Christian Custom Homes and several other companies owned by Carter are now under control of new manager A little more than two months after […]

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Citizens Police Review Board Meeting in North Dallas Contentious, Policed by Police

By Candy Evans / January 16, 2019 / 6 Comments

We know the City of Dallas is aiming to strengthen its Citizens Police Review Board, the entity which examines alleged inappropriate police behavior within the Dallas Police Department against citizens. In fact, I am fairly certain this is a done deal and will happen within the next two to three months. Dallas City Council likes […]

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DFW Among 12 Metros Targeted By Feds In Real Estate Money Laundering Crackdown

By Jon Anderson / November 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

For those who are laundering ill-gotten gains via real estate transactions, regulators are about to make life much, much harder.  Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) are temporary regulations put in place by the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The overall point of the orders is to understand and curtail money laundering, tax evasion, and […]

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Christian Custom Homes President and Wife Indicted on State Fraud Charges

By Bethany Erickson / November 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

Investors were lured by brochures, radio interviews, and email invitations for dinners, where they could learn about “9% investment return opportunities” with North Forty Development and Texas First Financial. Instead, hundreds saw their money allegedly spent on anything but real estate development. The president of Frisco-based Christian Homes, Phillip Michael Carter, and his wife, Shelley […]

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Tarrant County JP Indicted on Property Tax-Related Felonies

By Bethany Erickson / September 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

Longtime Tarrant County Justice of the Peace Jacquelyn Wright has had her fair share of controversy in the 28 years she’s served in that position. But that controversy may be outpaced by Wednesday’s news that a grand jury indicted Wright, 77, on four felony charges related to homestead exemptions she claimed. It is alleged that […]

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