A divorce attorney who has sued a Houston divorce judge for $20 million has been charged with theft and fraud.
The arrest of the attorney in Harris County District Court on Thursday comes as the city has been battered by the fallout from Harvey.
The lawsuit, filed in March, alleged that the Houston divorce attorney, Daniel C. Moore, took more than $3 million from the couple before the court granted a divorce.
The attorney’s criminal charges have been upgraded from felony to third-degree felony robbery and tampering with evidence, the Harris County district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Moore is accused of taking more than a million dollars in property from the Houston couple, including a mansion in Lake Charles and a golf course in Tuscaloosa.
The Houston divorce court has denied the couple’s appeal.
The criminal complaint also alleged that Moore took money from the divorce attorney and a second attorney, William W. Scott, to pay for their personal expenses.
The case is the latest in a series of legal and financial issues for the city and its wealthy citizens.
The city has spent more than half a billion dollars on flood relief since Harvey devastated Houston and the Gulf Coast.
Houston has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on roads, parks, storm shelters, and other public services.
Moore’s criminal case was among the city’s top priorities in response to the floods.