Port Arthur man suspected of forging woman’s name in loan title
Released at 12:48 am on Saturday, November 5, 2022
A Port Arthur man has been charged with felony forgery for signing ownership of two cars in his estranged wife’s name to get a loan.
John Prentice Hill, 49, was indicted Wednesday for state prison crimes by a Jefferson County grand jury.
On Sept. 12, Hill’s estranged wife reported the alleged forgery to the Jefferson County Court’s tax office, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Documents say Hill forged his name on two titles on two cars he owned (a 2017 Honda Civic and a 2009 Lexus) on February 14. On March 1, she reportedly received a check for $10,000 titled her loan to Hill, but Hill didn’t own her car, so she thought little. was not
“She questioned him about the loan, but John didn’t care because he didn’t own the car in his name,” the detective wrote in his report. He advised her that he and a relative bought a car at an auction and used it to get a loan.”
Less than a month later, the car owner received a loan letter and realized it was no longer owned. She reportedly received a letter on her September 9th informing Honda that she will be auctioned on September 15th unless she received $12,500.
An investigation revealed that the defendant had used an affidavit of car gift transfer and had it notarized through a friend. He reportedly told the notary that his wife was working, but he would have the document signed later.
A warrant for his arrest was signed on September 24.
If convicted, Hill faces up to two years in prison.
Hill was released from prison the same day, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.