Port Arthur man allegedly forged woman’s name on loan deeds – Port Arthur News
Port Arthur man allegedly forged woman’s name on loan deeds
Posted at 12:48 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022
A Port Arthur man is facing false felony charges after he allegedly signed his estranged wife’s name on the titles of two vehicles in order to obtain loans.
John Prentiss Hill, 49, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday for the state prison offense.
According to a probable cause affidavit, on September 12, Hill’s ex-wife reported a forgery that allegedly took place at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tax Office.
The document states that on February 14, Hill forged her name on two titles to two vehicles she owned – a 2017 Honda Civic and a 2009 Lexus. On March 1, she reportedly received a check for $10,000 addressed to Hill for a title loan, but didn’t think about it, because he didn’t own a vehicle.
“She asked him about the loan but was not bothered by it as John has no vehicle title to his name,” the responding detective wrote in his report. “John informed her that he and a relative had purchased a vehicle at an auction and used it to secure a loan.”
Less than a month later, the owner of the vehicles received a letter regarding the loan and discovered that her titles were missing. On September 9, she reportedly received a letter informing her that the Honda would be auctioned on September 15 unless $12,500 was received.
During the investigation, it was learned that the accused had used an Affidavit of Transfer of Motor Vehicle Donation and had it notarized through a friend. He allegedly told the notary that his wife was at work, but that he would have her sign the document afterwards.
A warrant for his arrest was signed on September 24.
If convicted, Hill faces up to two years in prison.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Hill was released from jail the same day.