TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Trinity woman has accepted five years probation for selling someone else's property.
Freida Steele, 56, pleaded no contest to the state jail felony, tampering with a governmental document, just before her jury trial was scheduled to begin.
According to Trinity County District Attorney, Bennie Schiro, Steele created a false deed in July of 2015 and sold a lot in Trinity's Port Adventure Subdivision to a family for $4,500.
Schiro said the lot belonged to a Tyler man with the I-20 Home Center business in Tyler.
"He got a letter with the lot's address on it but with someone else's name on it," Schiro said.
Upon investigation by Tommy Park of the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, it was found that Steele had made a call to the owner to ask how much money he wanted for the lot on July 18th. She then sold it two days later for $2,500 less.
After Steele agreed to the terms of the plea bargain, the true owner of the property signed a deed over to the family that had settled in a manufactured home on the lot.
As a part of the agreement, Steele must pay $4,500 restitution to the I-20 Home Center along with doing 180 hours of community service.
Steele has been arrested in Trinity for a similar crime.