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.
CASTRO AIDES IN FRAUDULENT ADOPTION
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.)
BIG GUY HIRED TO RUN INTERFERENCE
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.
TAXES STONEWALL AISD SUMM PENALTIES-INT
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.