Area realtor charged in alleged scheme to bilk elderly man out of home
A Waco-area realtor was arrested Thursday and charged in connection with an alleged scheme to bilk an elderly and handicapped man out of his home and to empty his bank accounts.
At around noon Thursday, Waco police arrested Jody Scoggins, realtor and owner of the Scoggins Team, at his office, at 8805 Woodway Dr. in Woodway, on two warrants charging securing execution of a document by deception and with exploitation of an elderly individual, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Scoggins was in the McLennan County Jail Thursday evening.
In a separate but related issue Thursday lawyers for David and Brenda Menefee, of Moody, filed a civil action in 414th State District Court seeking relief after they say Scoggins and a group of others conspired to take ownership of the Menefee’s Moody home and to gain access to their bank accounts.
The petition names the Menefees as plaintiffs and Scoggins, his wife Kim Scoggins, his mother Debbie Scoggins, the Scoggins Real Estate Team, LLC, Pennybags, LLC, Scoggins Enterprises, Inc, Hessco Roofing & Remodeling, LLC, and 1st Choice Fencing, Inc., as defendants.
Brenda Menefee is rightful owner of a home on Highview Lane, in Moody, where she cares for her husband who is blind and has dementia, Waco attorney Ross Russell says in the lawsuit.
The suit alleges that Scoggins forced David Menefee to sign over his power of attorney, blocked his wife’s phone number on his cellphone and told Menefee his wife had stopped calling him, and had his mail re-routed to Scoggins’ office address.
Eventually, the lawsuit says, the defendants were able to gain control of the real property and all of the Menefee’s accounts.