AUSTIN (KXAN) — A guy who utilised to get the job done for the Town of Austin’s Code Enforcement Department is accused of forging an aged woman’s signature on a deed document to transfer it to himself soon ahead of she died. An arrest affidavit also alleges he “intentionally dismissed numerous code violations” on the south Austin residence “with the expectation he would be equipped to presume possession following she passed (with a forged signature).”

Alan Deshon Guyton, 37, is accused of “forgery deed record” and theft of property of fewer than $300,000, in accordance to on the net court documents. 

There is no lawyer detailed for Guyton, but KXAN achieved out to a organization he owns that was referenced in the affidavit. That e mail bounced.

A loved ones member of the lady filed a complaint with the City Auditor’s Integrity Device, accusing Guyton of forging her signature when filing a quitclaim deed executed in February 2021 and submitted with the County Clerk’s Place of work in June 2021, an arrest affidavit explained. As LegalZoom describes, a quitclaim deed is a “fast way to transfer property to a purchaser,” but does not present the consumer any protections. This deed granted Guyton “all ideal, title and interest in and to” the residence, according to the affidavit.

The woman died inside of a 7 days of the deed being executed. The authentic grievance to the Metropolis Auditor’s office didn’t suggest an difficulty that fell under its purview, according to Main of Investigations Brian Molloy, but he explained the place of work “knew ideal away” it would refer the scenario to the Austin Law enforcement Department. APD started investigating in November 2021. An APD investigator compared the woman’s driver’s license file and Social Safety card signatures to that on the quitclaim deed, and it did not match.

That family member, as perfectly as two many others who knew the girl, instructed Austin police she preferred to go away her home to family members and did not intend to offer it to any individual. A witness advised police she often noticed Guyton at the property, that he gained mail there and experienced modified the locks and mounted safety cameras because the female died.

KXAN reached out to the Austin Code Office for details on Guyton’s employment and why he had been positioned on administrative depart before he remaining in April 2021, according to the affidavit. The company directed KXAN to file a general public information and facts ask for and stated it “has no comment” on the allegation that he dismissed code violations. 

The City Auditor’s Office environment also prepared to focus on that particular allegation after learning about it Friday and identified Monday it will investigate the case further more, as very well, considering the fact that it’s tasked with looking into promises of fraud, squander or abuse associated to the town, according to Molloy.

Earlier City Auditor Investigation

Molloy also pointed out Guyton was the issue of a previous investigation from the City Auditor’s Office. It obtained a suggestion in November 2018 and observed he made use of his city personal computer and vehicle for individual business. The city also calls for people today to convey to it if they are doing the job any place else, and the report explained Guyton disclosed he owned a tow truck company but didn’t point out his financial commitment or activities organization.

In a reaction, Guyton mentioned, “I can guarantee the residents of Austin and City leadership that I have in no way misused metropolis resources to acquire economically. As outlined earlier mentioned, I keep my placement as Code Inspector C in higher regard, and I would not do everything to jeopardize my primary employment.”

At the time, the City of Austin acknowledged the report in a letter to the Metropolis Auditor’s Office and mentioned it would deal with any violations “with suitable and proportional disciplinary actions” but did not elaborate.