AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who used to work for the City of Austin’s Code Enforcement Department is accused of forging an elderly woman’s signature on a deed document to transfer it to himself shortly before she died. An arrest affidavit also alleges he “intentionally dismissed multiple code violations” on the south Austin property “with the expectation he would be able to assume ownership after she passed (with a forged signature).”
Alan Deshon Guyton, 37, is accused of “forgery deed record” and theft of property of less than $300,000, according to online court records.
There is no lawyer listed for Guyton, but KXAN reached out to a business he owns that was referenced in the affidavit. That email bounced.
A family member of the woman filed a complaint with the City Auditor’s Integrity Unit, accusing Guyton of forging her signature when filing a quitclaim deed executed in February 2021 and filed with the County Clerk’s Office in June 2021, an arrest affidavit said. As LegalZoom explains, a quitclaim deed is a “fast way to transfer property to a buyer,” but doesn’t provide the buyer any protections. This deed granted Guyton “all right, title and interest in and to” the property, according to the affidavit.
The woman died within a week of the deed being executed. The original complaint to the City Auditor’s office didn’t indicate an issue that fell under its purview, according to Chief of Investigations Brian Molloy, but he said the office “knew right away” it would refer the case to the Austin Police Department. APD began investigating in November 2021. An APD investigator compared the woman’s driver’s license record and Social Security card signatures to that on the quitclaim deed, and it didn’t match.
That family member, as well as two others who knew the woman, told Austin police she wanted to leave her home to family and didn’t intend to sell it to anyone. A witness told police she often saw Guyton at the home, that he received mail there and had changed the locks and installed security cameras since the woman died.
KXAN reached out to the Austin Code Department for details on Guyton’s employment and why he had been placed on administrative leave before he left in April 2021, according to the affidavit. The agency directed KXAN to file a public information request and said it “has no comment” on the allegation that he dismissed code violations.
The City Auditor’s Office also plans to discuss that specific allegation and will determine if it needs to investigate the case further, as well, since it’s tasked with looking into claims of fraud, waste or abuse related to the city, according to Molloy.
Past City Auditor Investigation
Molloy also pointed out Guyton was the subject of a previous investigation from the City Auditor’s Office. It received a tip in November 2018 and found he used his city computer and vehicle for personal business. The city also requires people to tell it if they are working anywhere else, and the report said Guyton disclosed he owned a tow truck company but didn’t mention his investment or events company.
In a response, Guyton said, “I can assure the residents of Austin and City leadership that I have in no way misused city resources to gain economically. As mentioned above, I hold my position as Code Inspector C in high regard, and I would not do anything to jeopardize my primary employment.”
At the time, the City of Austin acknowledged the report in a letter to the City Auditor’s Office and said it would address any violations “with appropriate and proportional disciplinary actions” but did not elaborate.