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Texas Debt Collector Operating Without a License Sued in Houston, Before Judge Al Bennett

There’s another couple of lawyers in Texas operating without a State Issued Bond and License, Mark and Shelley Hopkins of Hopkins Law, PLLC.

LIT COMMENTARY

This update has to be posted.

LIT Received the following brazen email yesterday, July 25, 2022 from Convicted Felon, Gordon Engle.

Subject

Gordon Engle, A Criminal Rogue Operator

Message

Hello. I was a debt trader for 30 years and am now out of the business.

I work with missions in Kenya now with brighthope.org

Could i make a donation to your site and get my mug shot removed please?

Thank you for your consideration.

– Gordon

Notably, Engle did not dispute the content of the article, nor ask that the article be taken down, just his ‘mugshot’.

Seriously...

Company Profile

Forward Properties, Inc. (FPI) is a corporation headquartered and licensed in Dallas, Texas.

The company is privately held with 100% equity belonging to the Founder/President, Mr. Gordon Engle.

FPI has been in business for over 14 years and handled over $2 billion in debt.

We purchase national distressed debt portfolios that are then broken down and distributed to our buyers by state.

The packages are DIRECT 0 and 1 agency credit cards.

The accounts are not scored or touched by us in any way and are priced to move quickly!!!

FPI’s clientele is comprised of small, mid and large-sized collection agencies and/or collection law firms that span across the country.

One of our successes has been creating and fostering relationships with buyers over years of being in the debt receivables industry.

So please look through our Sale Inventory, or simply give us a call.

We are always available to discuss your interests or to answer any questions you may have.

Contact Information

TELEPHONE
800-858-8646

FAX
785-770-9937

POSTAL ADDRESS
Forward Properties, Inc.
3320 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66503

E-MAIL

Gordon Engle: gordon@forwardproperties.net
Rudy Ced: rudy@forwardproperties.net
Michael George: michael@forwardproperties.net
Bree DeMoss: bree@forwardproperties.net
Jennifer Renteria: JenniferRenteria@forwardproperties.net
Anita Gonsler: anita@forwardproperties.net

Buyer Requests: sales@forwardproperties.net

Debtor Line: doug@forwardproperties.net
Media Requests: media@forwardproperties.net
Putback Requests: putbacks@forwardproperties.net
Direct Pay Requests: directpays@forwardproperties.net
Bill of Sale Requests: billofsales@forwardproperties.net

Send mail to bree@forwardproperties.net with questions or comments about this web site.

Copyright © 2003 Forward Properties, Inc.
Last modified: 03/25/04

Company Photos

As many of you know, once a year Forward Properties invites all of our buyers and sellers to a Fishing and Golf Conference – all expenses paid – as a “Thank You” for your continued business.

Please click on a Key West or Cabo San Lucas photo to see a few of our past conferences.

Additionally, Forward Properties would like to extend an open invitation for you to stay in our Corporate Apartment if ever you are traveling through Europe.

The apartment is 5000 sq. ft. with three bedrooms and is fully-furnished.

Please click on the photo below to view several pictures of the apartment and the surrounding area.

You may contact Gordon Engle or Bree DeMoss for further information.

Steele v. Turtle Creek Assets, Ltd.

(4:22-cv-00509)

District Court, S.D. Texas

FEB 16, 2022 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: APR 27, 2022

Gordon Engle, A Criminal Rogue Operator

ORDER OF DISMISSAL 14 Unopposed MOTION to Dismiss with Prejudice.

Case terminated on 7/28/22

(Signed by Judge Alfred H Bennett)

Parties notified.(ledwards, 4) (Entered: 07/28/2022)

U.S. District Court
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS (Houston)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 4:22-cv-00509

Steele v. Turtle Creek Assets, Ltd. et al
Assigned to: Judge Alfred H Bennett
Demand: $25,000,000
Cause: 15:1692 Fair Debt Collection Act
Date Filed: 02/16/2022
Date Terminated: 07/28/2022
Jury Demand: Plaintiff
Nature of Suit: 480 Consumer Credit
Jurisdiction: Federal Question

 

Date Filed # Docket Text
07/27/2022 14 Unopposed MOTION to Dismiss with Prejudice by Jennifer Steele, filed. Motion Docket Date 8/17/2022. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Wood, Jeffrey) (Entered: 07/27/2022)
07/28/2022 15 ORDER OF DISMISSAL 14 Unopposed MOTION to Dismiss with Prejudice. Case terminated on 7/28/22 (Signed by Judge Alfred H Bennett) Parties notified.(ledwards, 4) (Entered: 07/28/2022)

 


 

PACER Service Center
Transaction Receipt
07/31/2022 08:01:35

U.S. District Court
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS (Houston)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 4:22-cv-00509

Create an Alert for This Case on RECAP

Steele v. Turtle Creek Assets, Ltd. et al
Assigned to: Judge Alfred H Bennett
Demand: $25,000,000
Cause: 15:1692 Fair Debt Collection Act
Date Filed: 02/16/2022
Jury Demand: Plaintiff
Nature of Suit: 480 Consumer Credit
Jurisdiction: Federal Question

 

Date Filed # Docket Text
07/22/2022 13 NOTICE of Settlement by Jennifer Steele, filed. (Wood, Jeffrey) (Entered: 07/22/2022)

 


 

PACER Service Center
Transaction Receipt
07/26/2022 18:58:43
Per the Order for Conference and Initial Disclosure of Interested Parties, issued prior to the initial scheduling conference, counsel and or the parties must confer (in person or by telephone) as required by FED. R. CIV. P. 26(f) and prepare and file a joint discovery/case management plan containing the information as required by FED. R. CIV. P. 26(f) not less than 10 days before the scheduling conference, using the form available at http://www.txs.uscourts.gov/sites/txs/files/ahb_jdcmp.pdf.

What is a CIP and is there a deadline?

A CIP is a “Certificate of Interested Persons” and it has to be filed within 15 days of the ORDER for Initial Conference.

When was the CIP due in this case?

On or before March 4, 2022.

Why has neither Parties Counsel filed one?

Because lawyers are above the law and friends of the court in S.D. Texas.

No CIP Filed by Either Party (Docket Screenshot)

Operative Complaint (Second)

MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE OF THE MAY 6, 2022 INITIAL PRETRIAL AND SCHEDULING CONFERENCE AND FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE PROPOSED JOINT DISCOVERY/CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN

NOW COMES Plaintiff, Jennifer Steele, and respectfully submits this Motion For Continuance of the May 6, 2022 Initial Pretrial and Scheduling Conference and For Extension of Time to File Proposed Joint Discovery/Case Management Plan and in support thereof states as follows:

1. Plaintiff filed his complaint in this matter on February 16, 2022. See Doc. 1.

2. Pursuant to Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Defendants must be served within 90 days, or, in this case, on or before May 17, 2022.

3. Defendants were served on April 5, 2022. See Doc. .

4. Defendants answers or other responsive pleadings were due on or before April 26, 2022 (the date currently

5. Pursuant to the Court’s Order of February 17, 2022, there is to be an Initial Conference with the Court on May 6, 2022. See Doc. 4.

6. Also pursuant to the Court’s Order of February 17, 2022, the parties were to file a joint report today, April 26, 2022, or ten days prior to the May 6, 2022 initial conference. See Doc. 4.

7. An attorney for Defendants reached out to Plaintiff’s counsel last week to determine the possibility of early resolution of this matter. Plaintiff’s counsel represented that he would not seek a default until the conversations about that early resolution terminated.

8. As the Defendants have not yet filed an Answer or other responsive pleading, the attorneys were not able to confer about the topics required by Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or as required by this court for the Joint Discovery/Case Management Plan.

9. Plaintiff respectfully requests that the Court reset the date of initial pretrial and scheduling conference currently scheduled for May 6, 2022 for a date approximately 30 days later.

10. Plaintiff further respectfully requests that the Court extend the deadline for counsel for all parties to submit a Joint Discovery/Case Management Plan until ten (10) days prior to the new date for the Initial Case Management Conference.

11. This request is not filed for the purpose of delay, but rather for Plaintiff to determine whether the Defendants intend to appear in this matter and, if so, to confer thereafter.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Jeffrey D. Wood

Jeffrey D. Wood, Esq.
ArkBN: 2006164

The Wood Firm,
11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd.
Suite 103, Box 208
Little Rock, AR 72223
TEL: 682-651-7599
FAX: 888-598-9022
EMAIL: jeff@jeffwoodlaw.com
Attorney for Plaintiff

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that, on April 26, 2022, a copy of the foregoing Motion For Continuance of the May 6, 2022 Initial Pretrial and Scheduling Conference and For Extension of Time to File Proposed Joint Discovery/Case Management Plan was filed electronically.

Notice of this filing will be sent by operation of the Court’s electronic filing system to all parties indicated on the electronic filing receipt.

s/Jeffrey D. Wood
Jeffrey D. Wood, Esq.

Unlicensed Debt Collector Gordon Engle Receives No Jail Time for Serious Financial Crimes

Despite the fanfare surrounding the $23 million dollar settlement by NC’s AG, the real truth is Engle escaped jail due to public corruption.

BDF Hopkins Response Deemed Legally Incompetent by Burke in Reply in Support of Rule 59(e) Motion

If the law and Const. is applied correctly by an impartial judiciary who follow the rule of law it should have no difficulty vacating judgment

The Bounty Hunters, BDF Hopkins Response to Rule 59(e) Motion Re Burke

Burke v PHH Ocwen, Hopkins Law, PLLC, Mark Hopkins and Shelley Hopkins before Bent Judge Al Bennett, SDTX, Houston.

U.S. District Court
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS (Houston)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 4:22-cv-00509

Create an Alert for This Case on RECAP

Steele v. Turtle Creek Assets, Ltd. et al
Assigned to: Judge Alfred H Bennett
Demand: $25,000,000
Cause: 15:1692 Fair Debt Collection Act
Date Filed: 02/16/2022
Jury Demand: Plaintiff
Nature of Suit: 480 Consumer Credit
Jurisdiction: Federal Question
Plaintiff
Jennifer Steele represented by Jeffrey Dale Wood
The Wood Firm PLLC
11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd.
Suite 103, Box 208
Little Rock, AR 72223
682-651-7599
Fax: 888-598-9022
Email: jeff@jeffwoodlaw.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
V.
Defendant
Turtle Creek Assets, Ltd.
Defendant
Gordon Engle

 

Date Filed # Docket Text
02/16/2022 1 COMPLAINT against All Defendants (Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ATXSDC-27760940) filed by JENNIFER STEELE. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Wood, Jeffrey) (Entered: 02/16/2022)
02/16/2022 2 First AMENDED COMPLAINT with Jury Demand against All Defendants filed by JENNIFER STEELE.(Wood, Jeffrey) (Entered: 02/16/2022)
02/16/2022 3 Request for Issuance of Summons as to All Defendants, filed. (Attachments: # 1 SUMMONS #2)(Wood, Jeffrey) (Entered: 02/16/2022)
02/17/2022 4 ORDER for Initial Pretrial and Scheduling Conference and Order to Disclose Interested Persons. Initial Conference set for 5/6/2022 at 09:30 AM in Courtroom 8C before Judge Alfred H Bennett. (Signed by Judge Alfred H Bennett) Parties notified.(JacquelineMata, 4) (Main Document 4 replaced on 4/4/2022) (JacquelineMata, 4). (Entered: 02/17/2022)
02/17/2022 5 Summons Issued as to Gordon Engle, Turtle Creek Assets, Ltd.. Issued summons delivered to plaintiff by NEF, filed. (Attachments: # 1 summon)(hlerma, 4) (Entered: 02/17/2022)
04/01/2022 6 MOTION for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint by Jennifer Steele, filed. Motion Docket Date 4/22/2022. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A – proposed second amended complaint, # 2 Proposed Order)(Wood, Jeffrey) (Entered: 04/01/2022)
04/25/2022 7 ORDER granting 6 Motion for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint.(Signed by Judge Alfred H Bennett) Parties notified.(ledwards, 4) (Entered: 04/25/2022)
04/25/2022 8 Second AMENDED COMPLAINT with Jury Demand against Gordon Engle, Turtle Creek Assets, Ltd. filed by Jennifer Steele.(ledwards, 4) (Entered: 04/25/2022)
04/26/2022 9 MOTION for Continuance of May 6, 2022 Initial Pretrial and Scheduling Conference by Jennifer Steele, filed. Motion Docket Date 5/17/2022. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Wood, Jeffrey) (Entered: 04/26/2022)

RALEIGH, NC

May 7, 2021

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced that Gordon Scott Engle, 57, of 16424 Green Dolphin Lane, Cornelius, has pleaded guilty to five counts of felony debt collecting without a license.

Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Casey Viser gave Engle a five-to-15-month suspended sentence with two years of supervised probation. Engle was also fined $5,000 and prohibited from applying for a debt collection license for three years. He will also be required to complete 100 hours of community service work.

“I want to thank all of the various divisions at the Department of Insurance who worked with our special agents to investigate this case,” Commissioner Causey said. “I also want to thank all the federal and state agencies, including the Attorney General’s office and district attorneys in 17 counties for their cooperation in bringing about justice for the victims of this case.”

The Department of Insurance began investigating Eagle and his debt collection company, Turtle Creek, after receiving a referral from the N.C. Attorney General’s office. The Agent Services Division and Criminal Investigations Division examined the company, which had purchased debt accounts from primarily rent-to-owned businesses.

Special agents worked with district attorneys’ offices in 17 counties – Alexander, Anson, Burke, Cumberland, Davie, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Mecklenburg, Moore, Richmond, Rowan, Stanley, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin – to dismiss criminal summonses Engle had taken out charging 81 North Carolinians with failure to return rental equipment charges.

To report suspected fraud or other white-collar crime, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.

Texas Debt Collector Operating Without a License Sued in Houston, Before Judge Al Bennett
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