Spring pastor accused of exploitation and manipulation in Aldine
A Spring-area pastor is being sued over allegations that he abused his position of trust and power to manipulate his followers into giving his church exceedingly generous donations, including a parcel of property in Aldine.
Aldine property owner Jose Trevino and R & R Custom Floors & Designs filed a lawsuit on April 7 in the Harris County District Court against Cadgrey Christian Church, doing business as Centro De Alabanza Del Gran Rey, Rev. Fernando Garza, of Spring, Aldine resident Rosa Diaz, and others citing, among other things, malicious prosecution, trespass to title, conspiracy, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and defamation.
The plaintiffs say that when the defendants decided to purchase property in order to expand their church, they defrauded Trevino, wrongfully taking his property, located at 847 Hodgkins St. in Aldine. According to the brief, Garza used Bible scriptures to con the plaintiffs into believing that the more they gave to the church, the more Trevino’s business would thrive.
Trevino claims that during the recent economic downturn, Garza misused Bible scriptures to convince him that the root causes of his business woes included his sin, his lack of faith and his failure to continue giving to the church.
The plaintiffs are seeking all damages to which they are entitled, attorney’s fees and court costs. They are being represented in the case by Katy attorney Oscar Maldonado Jr.
Harris County District Court Case No. 2011-21566.
This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Harris County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.
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