Beaumont attorney charged with tampering with government document
Published 3:55 pm Friday, January 13, 2017
BEAUMONT — A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a Beaumont attorney for tampering with a governmental record.
Kenneth Leigh Parker Jr. is accused of creating false court documents relating to a legal matter involving one of his clients, Dr. Saheed Ally, according to a press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
The issue came to light when the doctor’s wife, Rosa Ally, went to the county clerk’s office on behalf of her husband seeking money due to the doctor from a court case. She had been told the money was in the Registry of the Court, according to a probable cause affidavit.
When Dr. Ally’s wife attempted to file the court documents with the court clerk on Oct. 3, 2016, it was discovered the documents were not genuine. An investigation into the issue was launched with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office as the investigating agency.
Dr. Ally told investigators that Parker has been his attorney of record for about two years and during that time he had paid the attorney more than $200,000 in fees “for work that Parker had allegedly done in reference to several legal actions which Dr. Ally believed he had been wronged.”
Parker was hired after a previous attorney had failed to get some of the legal actions competed in a timely matter. Parker was hired to take over those cases.
Parker made a statement to authorities admitting to creating false documents and scanning the signatures of Beaumont Judge Kent Walston and Milton Sheffield onto the documents.
Tampering with a governmental record is a state jail felony offense with a maximum penalty of two years in a state jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
Parker was taken into custody on Friday and later released on a $25,000 bond.
District Attorney Bob Wortham the officer will refer the case to the Texas State Bar, which is a normal procedure.
Parker is expected to act as his own lawyer.
Wortham said no other victims have come forward with similar cases.