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S178 Signed into Law, the Elder Abuse Protection and Prosecution Act

October 18, 2017

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release On Wednesday October 18, 2017 President Donald J. Trump Signed S178 into Law, the “Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act,” which establishes certain requirements for the Department of Justice with respect to investigating and prosecuting elder abuse crimes; and amends Federal criminal law to expand telemarketing fraud to include “email marketing” fraud…and provides the first federal protections for adults [- more...]

Michigan: WXYZ ABC News Detroit Reports of Rampant Abuses in Adult Guardianships held by Public Administrators

October 18, 2017

Early in 2017 AAAPG recognized many calls from victims and family members in Michigan of probate judges routinely ignoring due process requirements, estate documents, Michigan state laws and federal requirements in their commitment to initiate local professional guardianships.  In May investigative reporter Heather Catallo began reporting on abuses in Michigan probate courts where the homes of deceased citizens were sold to third parties by public administrators assigned to probate the [- more...]

New Mexico: Ayudando Guardians allegedly stole ward’s $117,000 then housed ward in leaky trailer

October 15, 2017

By Colleen Heild for the Albuquerque Journal LAS VEGAS, N.M. – For Justin Bowers, home is a travel trailer that attracts flies and leaks when it rains. Even so, it’s a step up from where his court-appointed guardian previously had him living – in a 17-man boarding home that charged $800-a-month rent. It’s not what Bowers, who is from Albuquerque, wants. It’s not what his father, who worked 30 years for the U.S. Post Office, wanted for his son. Bowers, 34, who has been under [- more...]

New Mexico: Sierra County Probate Judge Pam Smith Forced to Resign

October 13, 2017

KOB.com Web Staff  October 12, 2017 06:57 PM TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. — A probate judge in southern New Mexico has been forced to resign in the face of some serious criminal charges.  According to documents from the Judicial Standards Commission, Sierra County Probate Judge Pam Smith will never be a judge in New Mexico again.  Documents show she’s accused of using her position to allow her and her husband to take possession of a dead man’s estate. The documents claim the [- more...]

Ohio: Michele Augustine is Freed

October 13, 2017

Somedays in this frustrating and emotional job we get a victory.  Last month we helped gain the release of Tuscarawas County Ohio resident Michele Augustine from an involuntary adult guardianship.  Michele was conscripted by her brother and sister and Community Mental Healthcare, in an apparent attempt to take over her estate, when they ex parte petitioned for guardianship over Michele in July 2016.  Michele had a successful career with Saks in New York, but due to an injury had decided to [- more...]

NPR Webinar: WNYC, The Leonard Lopate Show-How Strangers Can Take Away the Rights of the Elderly

October 12, 2017

Leonard Lopate’s 25 minute interview on the history of guardianship and probate exploitation in Clark County Nevada (Las Vegas) as sponsored by judges for 30 years.  Writer Rachel Aviv,  and Terry Williams who was featured in the October 9, 2017 issue of The New Yorker for her research as a result of the fraudulent takeover of her father’s estate, discuss the history of guardianship in Clark County and the exploitive actions of public guardian turned private guardian Jared Shafer [- more...]

What do you think?

October 11, 2017

A reality check We live in a very complicated world and some would say a very cruel world. The pace of life has drastically accelerated. We are no longer nice or even civil to each other. We are witness to all kinds of aggressions. We are assaulted daily with more information that we can possibly process. Foundational aspects of our way of life have come under fire. Our safety is threatened seemingly at every turn. Our politicians have disgraced themselves endlessly. Our sources of news and [- more...]

NPR: Who’s Guarding Against The Guardians?

October 5, 2017

From NPR’s On Point program, Who’s Guarding Against The Guardians? With guest host Jane Clayson. Court-approved guardians—strangers swooping in and taking over the lives of elderly people who are helpless to stop them. We’ll dig in on who, why and how. It’s an epic scandal targeting the elderly. For profit guardians—strangers— knocking on the doors of our most vulnerable people and taking total control of their finances and lives. Moving them out of their homes into [- more...]
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