A police records clerk for the Dallas Police Department is being investigated for sharing car accident information with an Arlington car accident attorney. A civil suit was recently filed against police records clerk Margarita Monjaras. Monjaras is accused of giving car accident details to Robert Guilhoux, a man allegedly hired by Arlington attorney Loren Green.
Under Texas law regarding solicitation and barratry, “ambulance chasing” – which is the act of direct personal or telephonic contact with a car accident victim – is prohibited during the first 30 days after the accident. However, the law does allow for lawyers to send out what is commonly referred to as a solicitation letter after 30 days.
The purpose of making ambulance-chasing illegal is to protect car accident victims from fraud. Although personal car accident information on a police report is generally public information, it cannot be given to a lawyer unless the victim hired the lawyer to represent them.
In the lawsuit filed against Monjaras, the plaintiff’s attorney, Tom Carse, alleges that she along with Attorney Green, Green’s assistant Jeffrey Gipson, and Robert Guilhoux are a “criminal enterprise” and involved in a “civil conspiracy.” Phone records belonging to Guilhoux were subpoenaed by Carse. The records showed that Monjaras and Guilhoux exchanged texts and phone calls 68 times. Guilhoux denied knowing Monjaras in a deposition. Attorney Green stated during a deposition that Guilhoux was a non-employee paid for marketing services.
The lawsuit alleges that Guilhoux acted as an accident investigator and went to the victim’s home. Guilhoux is accused of convincing the accident victim to sign an agreement to have Attorney Green as their attorney and medical release waivers. Attorney Green’s firm is accused of contacting Farmers Insurance to inquire about settling on behalf of the victim as well as trying to schedule chiropractic appointments.
The State of Texas allows accident victims who are illegally solicited by lawyers to sue them and recover a $10,000 penalty as well as other financial compensation.
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