This is why it probably pays to subscribe to the Dallas Morning News, who is reporting that Al G. Hill III, descendant of legendary oilman H.L. Hunt, and his wife, Erin Nance Hill, were indicted last week on several felony counts of mortgage fraud.

A grand jury returned three counts of making a false statement to obtain property or credit and one count of securing execution of a document by deception against Al,  age 40. His wife, Erin, age 38, was also charged with two counts of making a false statement and one of securing execution of a document by deception.

This centers on the Hills obtaining a loan for more than $200,000 from OmniAmerican Bank in 2009 by claiming to be sole owners of their Highland Park home, falsifying his income and her assets. Al, for example, claimed a monthly income of $54,341 while Erin claimed to have more than $100,000 in a bank account.

According to the Dallas Central Appraisal District website, the couple owns only 20 percent of their $1.9 million home on Bordeaux. The majority interest is owned by the Albert Hill Trust, whose beneficiary is Al III’s father, Al Hill Jr. And of course father and son have been embroiled in a long, sad, bitter civil suit for several years over the estate, Al III claiming mismanagement and wanting more millions. A confidential source tells me the Hills have pared down their lifestyle somewhat: whereas Erin used to have a nanny for each child and a cook, there is now a house manager who also tends the children, two housekeepers and gardeners. There was a settlement last spring, but last week, Al III filed an appeal in federal court, which the News apparently found.

Mortgage fraud ain’t no laughing manner — you don’t lie or fib on loan applications. The charges are first-degree felonies, with a punishment range of probation or five years to life in the penitentiary.

It is time to dig out an interview I did with Al, Jr. last spring after the settlement. This story is developing.