March 1, 2017
National Center on Elder Abuse
c/o University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics
1000 South Fremont Avenue, Unit 22, Building A-6
Alhambra, CA 91803
I applaud the story of guardian Ann Gugger you recently published on the National Center on Elder Abuse website. Sadly this story, and most like it, defines the exceptions in guardianship and in a public forum only serves to disarm the uninformed seeking to educate themselves about guardianships.
Attached are stories of rampant fraudulent guardianships and guardianship abuses across the U.S., including many in your state of California. I have attempted dozens of times, without success, to speak with Dr. Laura Mosqueda, Assoc Dean of USC School of Gerontology, Chair of the Dept. of Family Medicine, and Director of the NCEA. She has refused to admit issues or engage with AAAPG on this topic.
USC’s School of Medicine has a unique platform in conjunction with the NCEA to elevate this issue to the national public conscience and demand local probate and family court reforms to insure the protection and care of vulnerable adults conscripted into involuntary guardianships.
An endorsement of U.S. Senate Bill 178, co sponsored by California Senator Diane Feinstein, would be an easy step to take. If passed it would be the first federal oversight law specifically addressing guardianships. I hope I can count on NCEA’s support in demanding reforms versus further mollifying the masses…and aiding the predators.
I look forward to speaking with you in this important topic. It is time to recognize the available evidence, intentionally educate the public with the facts and start demanding judicial reforms from our elected officials.
Richard W. Black