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Nevada: Judge Charles Hoskins & Commissioner Jon Norheim have yet to be held accountable

April 14, 2017

Below is the link to the piece KTNV ABC News ran on Tuesday night on guardian Helen Natko’s felony conviction for theft and exploitation of a vulnerable person. Natko’s conviction further indicts Commissioner Jon Norheim and Judge Charles Hoskin for their longstanding bias to insert guardians to insure the exploitation of the estates of the vulnerable brought before them by their court allies. The criminal court system cut 90% of the evidence out and used only the evidence Terri and I put [- more...]

Nevada: Helen Natko convicted in guardianship abuse case

April 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A jury has convicted a Las Vegas woman who was the subject of a Contact 13 Investigation for crimes in a guardianship case. Helen Natko was found guilty of theft and exploitation of a vulnerable person. The victim was her long-time companion Del Mencarelli who passed away in July 2015. Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears started looking into guardianship corruption nearly 3 years ago with Del’s case. Natko was appointed Del’s guardian. But Del’s [- more...]

Nevada breaking news: Helen Natko convicted of theft & exploitation

April 11, 2017

The jury came back this morning with a guilty verdict on both counts against Helen Natko. My wife Terri and I are so very thankful to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police investigators and especially to Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney J.P. Raman and his assistant Katie. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support the last 3 years. We have been blessed by your support. After four years working diligently to hold Helen Natko, and Commissioner Jon Norheim’s court allies, to account [- more...]

Florida: Guardianship reform thwarted by Judge’s wife

April 9, 2017

By John Pacenti/Palm Beach Post After years of lobbying state legislators, peppering them with horror stories about incapacitated seniors trapped in court-ordered guardianships, advocates thought they had a solution in hand. Lawmakers passed a bill in the 2016 session that would for the first time give Florida the power to regulate professional guardians appointed by judges to control the finances and the medical care of some of the state’s most vulnerable people. No longer would families [- more...]

Sunday April 9, 2017: Are guardianship programs more hurtful than helpful?

April 7, 2017

From Sharyl Attkisson’s Sunday program Full Measure, “Are guardianship programs more hurtful than helpful?“ Full Measure is a weekly Sunday news program focusing on investigative, original and accountability reporting. The host is Sharyl Attkisson, five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. She is backed by a team of award winning journalists. April 9, 2017: Click here to view the complete Sharyl Attkisson’s [- more...]

New Mexico: Albuquerque Journal, state’s largest newspaper, joins lawsuit to end sequestration of guardian mismanagement case

March 31, 2017

Annette Rosenstiel lived to be 101 years old. But what happened to her and her assets during the nine years before her death in 2012 is mired in court-ordered secrecy that is opposed by her only child. Annette Rosenstiel, an author who was married to New York financial heavyweight Raymond S. Rosenstiel, had been the ward of a for-profit guardian/conservator, Decades LLC of Albuquerque, since about 2003. After her death, Annette’s daughter and personal representative, Leonie Rosenstiel, filed [- more...]

New Mexico: State Supreme Court wants review of state’s guardian system

March 26, 2017

The state Supreme Court is forming a commission to look into issues surrounding New Mexico’s system of court-appointed guardians and conservators for incapacitated people. Chief Justice Charles Daniels told the Journal on Friday that he and the other four justices want the commission to do a comprehensive study of the issue and inform the court of its findings after holding public proceedings. “We’re in the early stages of creating a mechanism or a board or commission to look into the [- more...]

Nevada: Las Vegas attorney in guardianship case charged

March 24, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A Las Vegas attorney involved in a guardianship abuse scandal faced a judge Wednesday. Noel Palmer Simpson worked for private guardian April Parks and three of her associates. Simpson is looking at two felony charges for theft and filing false documents. She is part of the sweeping guardianship abuse indictment involving more than 200 felony counts. According to court records, Simpson and Parks changed the beneficiary on an elderly client’s life insurance policy [- more...]

Nevada: 4 indicted in unprecedented guardianship abuse case, April Parks arrested in Pennsylvania

March 10, 2017

UPDATE MARCH 09: April Parks was arrested by local police in East Goshen Township, PA. The Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department charged Parks with being a fugitive from justice and she was arraigned.  Her bail was set at $500,000 dollars.  Parks was remanded to Chester County Prison pending extradition to Clark County, Nevada. ORIGINAL STORY LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — What started with a Contact 13 investigation has led to hundreds of felony charges against four suspects for the [- more...]

Nevada: Grand jury indicts Nevada guardian on more than 200 charges; arrests of attorney and guardians follow indictment

March 10, 2017

By COLTON LOCHHEAD LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL As a guardian, April Parks was tasked with caring for the elderly and infirm in Southern Nevada. As a guardian, she had full control over those people’s finances, their property and nearly every aspect of their lives. And as a guardian, Parks exploited at least 150 of those vulnerable Nevadans and “systemically bilked them out of their life savings,” law enforcement officials said Wednesday. “The only thing we beat them on, really, is we’re [- more...]
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