The City of Jonestown filed a second lawsuit this week against CM Alternative Energies and its founder, Charles Malouff Jr., over a failed wind energy project that was supposed to bring green energy and new jobs to the Lake Travis community.
In the new petition filed in Travis County District Court, the City of Jonestown alleges CM Alternative Energies broke a December 2010 agreement with the city.
According to the lawsuit, the City of Jonestown is seeking an unspecified judgment against the defendants for breach of contract, attorney fees and costs, and additional damages for misrepresentation and fraud.
Jonestown City Administrator Manuel De La Rosa wasn’t available for comment Wednesday.
Last year, the City of Jonestown filed a suit against Malouff, CM Alternative Engeries and several other companies working on the wind energy project. It resulted in a temporary restraining order and injunction, allowing the city to retain possession of supplies and equipment purchased for the project. That injunction remains in effect, said Barbara Quirk, a city attorney.
Last year, Malouff and Mary Jo Woodall, a former state Comptroller’s office grant administrator, were charged with conspiring to illegally obtain up to about $2 million in federal stimulus money by overselling CM Alternative Energies’ ability to deliver wind turbines. Those charges, first-degree felonies punishable by up to life in jail, are pending.
Separately, Malouff was charged with illegally possessing firearms. He plead guilty and was sentenced in September to two and a half years in federal prison.
Last year, authorities found two gun safes in Woodall’s garage that she said belonged to Malouff, according to court documents. In the safes, as well as at Malouff’s house, authorities found 36 guns and at least 10 so-called destructive devices, including eight grenades, court documents state.
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