In the third major scandal in less than 6 months, Texas State Rep. Byron Cook is now also being sued for fraud by a Texas pastor who alleges Cook lied and stole from him and other investors in Cook’s swindling scheme.
The executive pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Mega-Church in Plano, Mike Buster, has filed a lawsuit against Cook and a company called Unity Resources. He alleges that Cook engaged in “self-dealing transactions” to drive up the book price of gas and oil investments, which he then dumped on unsuspecting investors, including Buster.
According to Buster, Cook sold properties back and forth between Unity and Cook-controlled entities to drive up their book value before dumping them on a sucker, Buster. According to Buster’s petition, the other partners in Unity also had no idea Cook was unloading his own undesirable properties on to Unity.
Buster also alleges that Unity made specific representations to him that the company would only profit on a commission.
Cook was just sued late last year by a former business associate who is accused the representative of ripping him off for nearly a quarter-million dollars.
Charles A. Loper, III accused the Corsicana Republican of securities fraud, which is, ironically, the same accusation that Cook made against Attorney General Ken Paxton.
However, unlike the peculiar case against Paxton, which relies on a novel interpretation of “fraud” that doesn’t involve actual dishonesty, Cook is being accused of actually swindling people out of money.
He is a cheat, a liar, and a swindler and he needs to resign immediately. #JustSayin!
The two suits allege that Cook, working through a company called Unity Resources, lied to investors about the way the entity would make money. Investors were allegedly told the entity would only make a 5% finder’s fee, but documents reveal that Cook, along with his long-time business partner Joel Hochberg, engaged in self-dealing transactions to inflate the price of properties that were dumped on the investors.
Both Cook and Hochberg are the primary witnesses in the criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. That suit alleges that Paxton criminally violated state securities laws despite no one alleging that Paxton ever made a false statement during the transactions. Further proceedings against Paxton are currently on hold as the Dallas Court of Appeals considers removing the judge from the case.
Facing a tough reelection challenge from Corsicana businessman Thomas McNutt and the two lawsuits, Cook may find himself in the unique position of being one of the only members of the Texas House who doesn’t want to return home after the five-month legislative session.
Find out how representative Cook used an imaginary investor ready to overpay for mineral rights on a property that a Cook company called Unity Resources LLC had found.
Byron Cook is also in hot water for breaking state law and having Activist/Journalist Amy Hedke arrested for recording a PUBLIC State Affairs Committee hearing at the Capitol. The incident occurred after the chairman directed her to stop video recording the hearing of an anti-abortion bill.
“Section 551.023 of the Texas Government Code, a “person in attendance may record all or any part of an open meeting of a governmental body by means of a recorder, video camera, or other means of aural or visual reproduction.” The statute also notes that a legislative body may adopt “reasonable” rules, such as the location of recording equipment or the manner in which the recording is conducted but cannot “prevent or unreasonably impair a person” from the rights granted under Subsection A — the right to record an open meeting,”
It is important to note that Cook advocated for the killing of disabled preborn babies.
Byron Cook again advocated for the killing of disabled preborn babies. His motion to table Schaefer's Pro-Life amendment prevailed 71-65.
— Texas Right to Life (@TXRightToLife) May 20, 2017
State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) reportedly directed Amy Hedtke, a well-known activist, to stop her Facebook Live broadcast of the committee’s hearing on a bill designed to restrict abortions in Texas. “She was legally recording a public meeting on Facebook when Chairman Cook directed her to stop,” Denton County GOP Chairman Lisa Hendrickson told Breitbart Texas in a phone interview.
Byron Cook needs to resign. He will not. But he looks to be ousted by conservative stalwart Thomas McNutt in the next primary. McNutt actually beat Cook in the last primary, with the exception of voter fraud. That is a whole other story.
In a hotly contested Texas race, Cook, R-Corsicana, eked out a victory in the House District 8 spring primary, receiving about 360 more votes than McNutt.
Primary voters were shown to have two ballot dates, and/or voted as many as four times.
I will say it again, Cook is a cheat, a liar, and a swindler and he needs to resign immediately.
In this Project Veritas video, James O’Keefe teams up with Texas mother and citizen journalist Amy Hedtke who was unlawfully removed from a State Affairs Committee meeting by Republican Committee Chair Byron Cook for attempting to film it in accordance with Texas state law.
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