Woman sues husband, claims fraud in Texas real estate deal

Dec. 31, 2013 at 5:38 PM

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A woman claims she was cheated by her husband of $1.2 million in a real estate deception, court records in Austin, Texas, show.

Mari-Louise Larsen, 26, sued her estranged husband Andre Jones, 33, and five people and four businesses she says helped pull off the fraud, the Courthouse News Service reported Tuesday.

Jones, a convicted felon and registered sex offender, and Larsen married in Denmark in 2009, soon after she had inherited a "significant amount of money," her complaint states.

She claims Jones persuaded her to buy an under-construction condo in Austin for $1.3 million after convincing her Texas law requires the names of both spouses to be on titles to contracts and deeds.

Her complaint alleges he altered closing documents on the property that increased the purchase price by $200,000, which she provided and he kept, then retained the money derived from selling the condo after the marriage deteriorated.

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