Last week a legal kerfuffle erupted in a Roanoke courtroom. It has to do with a downtown Roanoke title company, Star City Title, Inc., a recent audit of its trust account and some $588,840 that appears unaccounted for.
At the request of some out-of-town title insurance companies, Circuit Court Judge David Carson issued a temporary injunction that froze all of Star City Title’s business while the case is straightened out. Carson also indicated he would ask the Virginia Supreme Court to appoint a judge from outside the area to hear it.
For ethical reasons no local judge wants to touch the case. That’s because one of Star City Title’s owners is Roy Creasy, a prominent local lawyer and former president of the Roanoke Bar Association. The other owner and president of Star City Title is Janet Crosswhite.
Watching all of this from the sidelines with no small amount of distress is another Janet — Janet Perry. She’s the owner of Star City Title & Settlement, which is on Penn Forest Boulevard in southwest Roanoke County.
Both Star City Title, Inc. and Star City Title & Settlement do business in Roanoke area. Both were founded in 1998 and both are run by women named “Janet.” Despite those similarities, they’re completely separate entities that have nothing to do with each other.
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