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Diversion of Social Security benefits

New Mexico: Employee blows whistle on guardian embezzlement case

July 21, 2017

For more than a decade, one of the state’s largest guardianship firms was routinely appointed by the courts to protect clients whose disabilities left them unable to handle their money or pay their bills. Behind the scenes, federal officials say, Susan Harris and Sharon Moore were allegedly running up the company credit card of Ayudando Guardians to the tune of $4 million by living the life of luxury and paying the American Express bills with client trust money. Then last June, according [- more...]

New Mexico: another guardianship horror story from Valencia County

March 17, 2017

Who Guards the Guardians: Family laments mom’s fate under court guardianship By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Published: Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at 12:05am At the age of 91, Mary Louise Terry was getting by on food stamps and monthly Social Security checks, living under the care of her son in her home of 11 years on Belen’s main street. But a $100,000 insurance windfall Terry inherited after that son died in May 2015 marked the beginning of the end of her stable family [- more...]

Report Ward Abuse (FLORIDA)

May 11, 2016

FLORIDA REPORTING TOOLS FOR VICTIMS AND FAMILIES OF GUARDIAN ABUSE Immediate Steps to Take At the first moment of awareness or suspicion of any type of abuse relating to guardians and wards, families and advocates should immediately take action. Immediately. There are procedures in place that allow reports of guardianship abuses at various levels of State government. While there has been historically little in the way of meaningful response, submitting an entire series of complaints to all the [- more...]

Nevada: Jared Shafer and Wells Fargo Bank sued for RICO

August 17, 2015

INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller AmericanMafia.com May 25, 2015 LAS VEGAS – After years of court sanctioned bilking of wealthy senior citizens and disabled persons, the biggest shake up in Clark County District Court history has just forced the immediate removal of two well-known jurists who were allegedly doing the bidding of veteran for-hire private guardian Jared E. Shafer and his protégés. In the wake of the court house shake up, the Nevada Legislature on May 23, 2015, voted  to change [- more...]

Colorado: Watchdog.org reports Lawmakers to take on receivership, probate abuse

July 30, 2015

Lawmakers to take on receivership, probate abuse By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org DENVER — When Diego Conde’s mother died in 2008 she left him a modest $20,000 inheritance to help pay for school and other expenses. But since he wasn’t 18, the court appointed a guardian to oversee the estate. By the time he turned of age, the money was gone and, he said, half went to expenses and compensation for the guardian. “My college bills weren’t being paid on time, I got an eviction notice and [- more...]

Texas Guardianship–same story, different zip code: Families Go to Battle in Probate Court, Only to Leave Without Anything

July 29, 2015

July 28, 2015, Houston Press: Families Go to Battle in Probate Court, Only to Leave Without Anything In October 2007, Willie Jo Mills of Houston suffered a stroke that paralyzed the right side of her body. A widow with two daughters and a son, the 80-year-old woman was prescribed a variety of pain medications, but doctors couldn’t find the right cocktail. Six months later, Mills’s son Larry filed an application with the Harris County Probate Court to become his mom’s legal guardian. [- more...]

New Jersey: court-appointed attorney pleads guilty to $3.8 Million theft from multiple elderly clients

June 28, 2015

Easy prey Elderly and vulnerable, 16 men and women became prime targets for theft. Betrayal of trust: Part Two Barbara and Ken Martin never stood a chance. Thoroughly outmatched, their legal fight to free Barbara Martin’s aunt, Helen Hugo, from the grip of what they believed to be an unwarranted guardianship in 2012 ended in a humiliating defeat. Not only was Hugo, then 81, declared mentally incapacitated, but the last of her retirement savings was awarded to the attorneys who represented [- more...]

SOCIAL SECURITY REPORTS

May 22, 2015

We have a new and important opportunity to work with the Social Security Administration to provide hard evidence of fraud in the diversion of SSA benefits from our loved ones into the pockets of the guardianship predators. This type of Social Security Diversion Fraud is referred to as MISUSE OF BENEFITS BY A REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE here is the link to SSA website HTTP://OIG.SSA.GOV/WHAT-ABUSE-FRAUD-AND-WASTE/MISUSE-BENEFITS-REPRESENTATIVE-PAYEE MISUSE OF BENEFITS BY A REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE [- more...]

Florida breaking news: court ousts professional guardian; insists pre-need directives have priority

May 20, 2015

Palm Beach County guardian case: Will living will be honored? By John Pacenti – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Posted: 4:22 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015 Delray Beach — Col. J. Alan Smith no longer can talk or walk. The 83-year-old former Boynton Beach resident is said to be in the throes of Stage 4 dementia. But when he still had his faculties in October 2009, Smith – who worked for 30 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – said he wanted his then-girlfriend, Glenda Martinez-Smith, [- more...]
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