Man skips town with elderly neighbor's money, court orders him to pay

KENS 5's James Keith tracked down the man who owes an elderly woman money.

SAN ANTONIO - She took her neighbor to court and won, but an elderly San Antonio woman said the neighbor and the money he owes her are gone.

The woman, who wants her identity protected, told KENS 5 she loaned her neighbor $1,500 so that he and his family wouldn't be evicted.

For months, she demanded payment from Ronald Dwyer.

"I said, 'When are you going to give it to me?' When? I have bills to pay. He said, 'I don't have it now,'" the woman said.

She said she tracked down Dwyer's wife at work when she couldn't find him anymore.

"She said, 'Honey, take me to court.' I told her, 'I thought we were friends and neighbors'? She said 'Honey, we don't have any friends.' I said, 'I wonder why,'" said the woman.

They ended up in small claims court where Bexar County Precinct 3 Judge William Donovan ruled in her favor.

Dwyer paid her $300 before court, but hasn't paid anything since.

To her surprise, Judge Donovan said he can't do anything about it.

"We don't have debtors prison, so I can't throw you in jail because you owe money," said Donovan.

KENS 5 found Dwyer at an apartment in Boerne.

He acknowledged he owes the woman money.

"I'm getting evicted, lost my job last month and I just got back from California. I've had problems for the last two months. I'll get with her eventually," said Dwyer.

"If the person is absolutely broke, has no money right now, and I'm assuming that's what this guy is, at least at this time, she's not going to collect that judgment. He doesn't have anything, but there's nothing that says he doesn't inherit money some day, doesn't hit the lottery," said Donovan.

Judge Donovan said the woman can file a levy against any of Dwyer's property, if she can find any.

"If she comes here and says, 'I need a writ of execution,' Then if she goes to the constable and says 'I want you to go out and levy on this rent house and sell it,' He'll go out and say, 'Here's the paperwork. I'm levying on the house.' Then he'll post the thing for sale, and there will be a sale," said Donovan.

The legwork, however, is all on the woman, not the court.

She said she's determined to get her money back, and she said she'll use some of the judge's advice to get it.

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