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Isaac Castro is a master of his own 3 ring circus and side steps at every opportunity he can take in Court hearing after Court hearing, and the judges open the gates and continuously allowed his defense of his own actions, the bank's actions, and of course John Denison's actions. Is he REALLY that good or is there something amiss in all this? His motions and briefs read the same way and are delivered the day of any given hearing and heard before anyone else's can be heard and ruled upon within minutes. It has been a nightmare trying to chase after every falsehood he has told in this case. It is even more so difficult when you have judges that allow his behavior to go unchecked.

Signed: Jackie Keenan

CASTRO AIDES IN FRAUDULENT ADOPTION

http://www.3rdcoa.courts.state.tx.us/opinions/PDFOpinion.asp?OpinionId=15123

 

In December 1998, less than a year and a half after John Denison became the executor and manager of the 8000 Acre Cattle Ranch and recipient of all income from oil royalties, crops and sale of cattle, he failed to pay the real estate taxes for the land and the royalty taxes.  Stonewall County taxing authorities sued the estate for non-payment of taxes.

1998 UNDISCLOSED TAX SUIT DENIED BY CASTRO & JD

The Estate attorney filed a response denying the taxes were owed on January 6, 1999.

In early 1998 Bob filed suit claiming his mother did not have testamentary capacity.  He learned later from other probate attorneys that testamentary capacity was a hard case to prove.  He had wanted to file the suit under Undue Influence.  He trusted his attorney Steven Bird, who told him "we will get to that later.  We don't want to 'tip our hat'".  In Winter of 98 Castro and John Denison filed a motion for Summary Judgment.  Bob's attorney had done NOTHING for a full year. 

Things were happening on multiple fronts, all at the orchestration of Isaac M. Castro. 

Just prior to the hearing on the Summary Judgment several things happened. (see judges) Castro played musical chairs and had the presiding District Judge, Charles Chapman recuse himself, by hiring Judge Chapman's son to be the ad litem (attorney for Bob's children) Judge Chapman had no recourse but to recuse himself.

The hearing had been scheduled for February 10, 1999. 

On February 9, 1999 Administrative Judge Dean Rucker appointed Judge Joseph Connelly to be the judge for this case with no advance notice to Bob or his attorney and not filed of record until the same date as the hearing. ORDER 2-9-99 ASSIGNMENT OF CONNALLY

On February 10, 1999, being new to Isaac Castro's smoke and mirror tactics of presenting documents to be heard THE DAY OF THE HEARING, Castro handed to Bob's attorney Bird the Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate's assets that was a year past due. The inventory and appraisement is another issue that needed to be fought, but Bob was green to all of the legal matters and he had no idea that he was dealing with the likes of one Isaac M. Castro, an attorney who aided and abetted John Denison in his depletion of the estate's assets in the concealed interest of his OTHER client the Hamlin National Bank.  The Inventory and Appraisement failed to mention the tax suit filed nor Castro's denial of same.  

The Inventory and Appraisement was faulty on several levels.  No cattle round up occurred to take a true count of the cattle owned by the estate.  Instead Castro used an old loan document generated by the parents a year prior to their death for the cattle count.

The values of the land and minerals was strictly based on Stonewall County Tax established values

The ranch itself contained 2 houses one of which was a historical structure that was the Rayner Courthouse and was used as the ranch headquarters and was filled literally with furniture, antiques, glass ware, jewelry, guns, tools, saddles and 5 generations of accumulated assets.  John and Castro placed a total value of $2,500.00 on it all. 

 

KEY ELEMENTS beginning in 1999 and on February 10, 1999

The Estate was sued for non payment of 1997 Taxes (undisclosed to Bob and Castro denied it)

Biased Ad Litem (attorney to represent Bob's children) was chosen by Castro for the sole purpose of ridding himself of the elected official Judge Charles Chapman

3 different judges ruled against Bob on issues that were improper and incorrect.

Inventory and Appraisement was false

John Denison and Castro gave false statements in motion to deny Bob rightful income

Undisclosed was that John Denison had alienated his relationship with the Aspermont Bank by failing to make a payment on a $230,000 note that Castro's OTHER CLIENT Hamlin National Bank lusted for an opportunity to get their hooks into the ranch's asset, the Ranch itself.

Undisclosed to Bob Denison was the plan between Castro, John and the Hamlin National Bank to loan $550,000 against the Estate AND indebting Bob Denison's 50% interest in 6,200 acres of estate lands.  By deliberately alienating the Aspermont Bank John, under Castro's guidance positioned Castro and Hamlin National Bank to a closer position of access to the ranch land coveted by many.

INVENTORY & APPRAISEMENT 2-10-99  

8-26-97 $1000 DEP TO COV HOT CKS

ORDER 2-10-99 APPROVING INVENTORY & APPRAISEMENT

4 things happened on February 10, 1999.  1) Judge Connally granted John Denison and Castro's Summary Judgment and threw out Bob's claim of Testamentary Capacity 2) County Judge Bobby McGough signed the Inventory and Appraisement, with no hearing on the matter, again done unbeknownst to Bob and his attorney.  3) Judge Chapman, though he had just recused himself, signed an order denying Bob access to the Estate's business records.  He also denied Bob any of the ranch income even though the will stated he was to receive 50% of the income. (see attached will)

 

ORDER 2-10-99 DENYING ACCESS TO BUSINESS-FINANCIAL RECORDS

Bob suspected there was something fishy and that John might be wasting away the estate. As a beneficiary he was highly dependent on the Court to help protect his interests.  When the Court denied him access to John's handling of the estate matters it put Bob in an adverse position and totally at John Denison and Isaac Castro's mercy.  It was later proven in 2001 in Court that Castro's Motion to deny Bob estate income was admittedly false.

EXCERPT TESTIMONY JD ADMITTING INCORRECT AMOUNTS STATED IN DENYING BOB ESTATE INCOME

IMPORTANT NOTE:  PLEASE REFER TO EMBEZZLING PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON JOHN DENISON'S EMBEZZLING ACTIVITIES IN 1998


 
Hamlin National Bank ordered an "ATTORNEY'S OPINION OF TITLE" ON THE 6,200 acres of Estate Ranch Land (serving 2 masters)

HAMLIN BANK 3-16-99 CHKLST

CASTRO 6-10-99 TITLE OPINION

HAMLIN BANK 6-10-99 DEED OF TRUST TERMS

                    

Ok...well what happened next pray tell?  Oh, yes.  The bank granted John Denison (the Estate) a 100% loan on a brand new 1999 Dodge Pickup (around $35,000) with payments designed to pay back in the amount of $200.00 (pretty good deal, huh?)

That just wasn't good enough for John.  No sirree, he immediately defaulted on the entire debt (remember all notes are tied to the Master Note a very KEY Element.

 

 

INSURANCE CANCELLATION ON NEW DODGE 7-13-99.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

On July 30, 1999 John sent a letter to Hamlin National Bank (a quick entertaining read) see attached

 

 

After years of trying to get an accounting Bob and his attorney set up a deposition on John Denison on November 10, 2000. Bob's attorneys Travis Ware and Suzie Shay traveled from Lubbock to this meeting for a deposition. Upon crossing the County Line of Stonewall County, John Denison's BFF (Best Friends Forever) Gary Johnson, a Texas Highway Patrol Officer pulled them over and told Travis that John Denison wanted to settle. (Bob had been asking for an accounting from John and John wouldn't provide one.)

When they arrived at Castro's office the deposition did not happen. Instead pressure was put on Bob to agree to settle without an accounting. Bob refused. In Castroís office there were boxes and boxes of cancelled checks from the Estate of Ida Baldwin Denison written by John Denison, literally thousands of them. One of the childrenís attorneys were present, Ken Leggett. At the end of the day when Bob repeatedly refused to settle without an accounting Castro led all to the room where the cancelled checks were stored. As we sat looking at the checks, check after check, it was realized John was stealing the estate blind as the bulk of the checks were made payable to John Denison or for items for his benefit. Castro agreed to allow us to take the checks so we could copy them. (Later he made lots of fuss and accused us of tampering with the checks. The checks were so full of theft, we couldnít have been as creative as John when it came to falsely identifying the purpose of the fraudulent checks.

It is shocking to see how greedy John Denison was and more shocking how his attorney Isaac Castro aided in the theft as time progressed. The below communications sets the stage. After months and months of trying to get Castro to get his client do the right thing, Bob was forced to apply for an Injunction to try and stop John from continuing to steal. Enjoy.

11-17-00 NOTICE TO CASTRO OFTHEFT

11-30-2000 CASTRO'S RESPONSE

11-30-00 LTR FROM SUZIE REQ VOLUNTARY INJ 4222

12-6-00 CASTRO LTR TO SHAY

 

 

 

BIG GUY HIRED TO RUN INTERFERENCE

It was about this time December 2000, John Denison Ďhiredí Vance Stanton to work with Isaac Castro to keep John from being removed as executor. It was important he not be removed because the evidence was too strong that the Bank and Castro had coveted eyes on the ranch and their actions validated. It was necessary to defend the bank and Castroís actions in making the note and John signing in Bob Denisonís behalf as trustee of Bobís trust.

While Castro is leading Ms. Shay to believe that he will get John to sign an agreed injunction, he really is working with Vance Stanton to slow down all the proceedings.

JD 2-26-01 AFFADAVIT BY CASTRO SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE

 

Under cover of his privileged position as Trustee, John privately entered into contract to sell a valuable tract of land in Williamson County along the South San Gabriel River during a time when Williamson County had become Nationally Famous for the highest land values. The estate owned land was worth approximately $300,000.00 at that time. John does not seek an appraisal and he never marketed it. He privately arranged to sell the land for less than 1/3 of it's value AND agreed to pay ALL the expenses. Castro and John then arrange to assign the sales contract to Hamlin National Bank as collateral for another loan from Hamlin National Bank in the amount of $42,000 in order to pay the defaulted taxes and penalties and interest.

All of the Williamson Land sale was kept secret and when Bob went to court regarding the defaulted taxes Castro and the taxing authorities arrange to dismiss the tax suit, undisclosed to Bob and his attorneys. Bob shows up to court and when Castro discloses the taxes have been paid and that the payment to Hamlin Bank for the yearly payment has all been paid the JUDGE WALKS OUT THE DOOR AND DOES NOT RETURN.

The sale of the Williamson County land was learned later and when Bob's attorney Ms. Shay asked Castro about it he told her "I donít know anything about it. Some lawyer in Taylor Texas handled it all." Later we learned Castro DRAFTED the sales contract AND he was the one who arranged for the contract to be used as collateral to pay the delinquent taxes.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY CONTRACT

When the land closed on the sale, the Hamlin Bank was paid and for the first time since John was the trustee he used some of the remaining funds from the sale of the Williamson County land to pay the 2000 taxes. Want to hear something funny? Castro actually bragged in Court that John Denison was prompt in paying the 2000 taxes and had saved the estate money by paying them early. Please see attached for the penalties and interest charged for the delinquent taxes he paid with the proceeds of the loan from Hamlin Bank. A reminder, money was pouring into the estate including the fraud John and Castro committed when the $550,000 loan was made to Hamlin Bank in 1999. When viewing the two attachments below please observe one document is for County taxes and the other is for School taxes. Also, for grins note where the County indicates the 2000 savings for early payment of the taxes. As an added insult to Bob Denison by Jim Ward, the County tax man, an elected official, after years of Bob being forced to make John take care of the estate business and to actually pay the taxes, despite the Tax office suing Bob. After the mediation that was disputed by Bob, Jim Ward sent the attached letter threatening Bob 6 months after the taxes were delinquent in 2003 for not paying his half of the taxes, Jim Ward actually had the nerve to threaten to foreclose immediately. This is the Stonewall County elected official who has worked side by side with Castro to cause harm to Bob Denison and his estate.

TAXES STONEWALL CO UNPAID 1997-2000 P&I

TAXES STONEWALL AISD SUMM PENALTIES-INT

TAX OFFICE THREATENS TO FORECLOSE ON BOB

Jim Ward also immediately notified Castro that I Jackie Keenan had asked for a complete list of registered voters in Stonewall county while Castro was running for State Representative (God help us all). See attached

Castro then immediately filed a Restraining order against myself, Bob, and all Bobís attorneys with Judge Shane Hadaway which Hadaway not only authorized the injunction, but continued to renew it repeatedly. Elected officials working in Concert to take away Bobís Civil Rights.

In early 2001, once Bob filed his motion for an injunction, Castro filed a Motion for Continuance telling the Judge he hadn't had time to prepare due to the large volume of checks etc. Castro arranged a TELEPHONIC hearing with Judge Connelly. Judge Connelly learned John had been helping himself to all of the Estate's assets and told Bob's attorney and Castro during the Telephonic hearing that John Shouldn't be doing that and authorized the injunction.

Castro then files a Motion to Vacate the Injunction citing there should have been a FORMAL hearing instead of a telephonic hearing. The injunction is vacated and we had to start all over again. By this time the yearly note payment is coming due to Hamlin National Bank and in John Denison style we are concerned he will default on the note AND he is delinquent in paying the Estate taxes and Bob is Sued by the Stonewall Taxing Authorities for non payment of the Estate taxes for several years.

It was arranged there would be a mediation in June 2001. Everyone showed up. Bob said he would settle upon receipt of an accounting. Castro told everyone at the mediation he would have one ready in 60 days. It did not happen. (DUH)

 

 

LIQUIDATING CATTLE

CASTRO SELLS CATTLE WITH OUT COURT APPROVAL JUDGE PASSES ON IT

 


CASTRO LTR TO CREDIT BUREAU WILL PAY DEBTS

 

 

4-19-02 CASTRO LTR DISCUSSING HOW HARD THE CPA WORKED TO PREPARE ACCOUNTING PLUS OTHER FUN STUFF

4-25-02 ACCOUNTING INVOICE FROM PHILLIPS

12-18-02 CASTRO REVEALS CPA RODGERS AS ONE WHO DID THE ACCOUNTING

 

In the document Castro refers to as the accounting, there is NO mention as to the identity of any or either of these CPA accounting firms as the company that performed Castro's referenced accounting.  Further more the 'accounting' produced failed to disclose the debts owed to both of them.  It is unknown to this day as to who prepared the mysterious ledger Castro referred to as "more than an accounting".  No CPA, respectable or otherwise, put their name on any document produced by Castro with a reference to "Accounting" that was ever delivered to the Beneficiary Bob Denison.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCDoBvG1HoI

CASTRO, ATTY SWORN AFFIDAVIT FALSIFYING STMT ON SALE TO PICKENS

 

 

 

 

 

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