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New Mexico video: AG raises embezzlement allegations against firm

March 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Feb 1, 2019. It provides a description of how this embezzlement of New Mexico’s poorest was discovered. People familiar with New Mexico’s guardianship player’s may recognize some familiar names. Chris Ramirez February 01, 2019 06:26 PM ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The attorney general is accusing the CEO of Guardian Angels Representative Payees of stealing more than $50,000 from her clients. There are 247 alleged victims in the case, [- more...]

New Mexico: State AG indicts CEO of Guardian Angels Representative Payee Services

March 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

March 12, 2019 Albuquerque, NM By Elise Kaplan / Journal Staff Writer The CEO of Guardian Angels Representative Payee Services, a private company that managed the finances for special needs or infirm people, has been indicted on charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from clients. … Many of the clients [CEO Pamela] Crumpler is accused of siphoning money from came to her from the now-defunct Ayudando Guardians. According to the indictment filed in 2nd Judicial District Court on [- more...]

From a New Mexico Concerned Senior Citizen

December 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

THE 6 MILLION DOLLAR GUARDIANSHIP HEIST In review of the guardianship law, we find that the guardianship law was enacted for the protection of the protected person and the protected person’s assets. The Uniform Probate Code states, that the adult guardianship law is to protect the incapacitated person and to protect the incapacitated person’s assets. Using the guardianship law for any purpose other than protection, would be an unlawful and wrongful use of the guardianship law. What we are [- more...]

New Mexico: Victims of Desert State still waiting for restitution, more than one year after Donisthorpe’s guilty plea

August 12, 2018 // 1 Comment

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 11:30pm A woman known in court records as “J.W.” died destitute this year. But she had once been a co-beneficiary of a $600,000 trust at the now-defunct and disgraced Desert State Life Management company of Albuquerque. Her money, along with savings and trust accounts of more than 70 other vulnerable people who were clients of Desert State, were part of the estimated $4.8 million embezzled by company CEO Paul [- more...]

New Mexico: New legislation gives regulators more power – but will they exercise it?

August 12, 2018 // 1 Comment

New Mexico financial regulators learned their lesson the hard way after discovering in early 2017 that millions of dollars had been embezzled from clients at the small nonprofit Desert State Life Management. The state Financial Institutions Division of the state’s Regulation and Licensing Department headed to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe this year to seek new laws to help prevent another such criminal scheme, which went undetected for years. “Unfortunately, it was a reactive response. But [- more...]

New Mexico: Pair plead guilty to fleecing WWII vet of $340,000; receive no jail time

June 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Problems in the guardianship system in New Mexico continue. I’m referring to the article by Phaedra Haywood (“Pair plead guilty to fleecing WWII vet.” April 27). Obviously; Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer did not believe that 26 criminal counts were serious enough to put the couple in this case in jail. It’s the same twisted logic that allows attorneys and judges in this state to continue to overlook such criminals to hold them accountable. District Attorney Marco Serna stated [- more...]

New Mexico: Court administrator admits “We have no records showing the exact number of wards under guardianship in NM”

June 5, 2018 // 1 Comment

We were shocked, but ultimately not surprised, to find Barry Massey, Communications Officer for New Mexico’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) admit, in writing, We have no records showing the “exact number of wards under guardianship in NM” because it is uncertain how many of the total case filings remain active and require judicial monitoring Please see these two PDFs (below) which explain how instead of answering the question about how many wards have been created by judges [- more...]

New Mexico: Courts are unable to state whether ward is dead or alive – since 2010

March 25, 2018 // 3 Comments

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 12:05am What’s become of Elizabeth Hamel? There’s no indication as to whether she is dead or alive, or if the guardianship/conservatorship has been revoked. Hamel is among dozens of people placed under a legal guardianship or conservator in southern New Mexico over the past 20 years whose welfare is unknown – at least according to state district court records. The scant court records available to the public [- more...]

Did you know?

February 16, 2018 // 3 Comments

As a result of an increased awareness of the issues in professional guardianships brought brought about by AAAPG, other advocacy groups and dedicated citizens around the country, there is a lot of light being shone on the exploitation of seniors in guardianship and what to do about it. In Nevada a police officer. Lt. James Melton has been arrested for conspiring with notorious guardian April Parks to run her infamous racket exploiting the elderly and their families in Las Vegas. Also, [- more...]

New Mexico: Court suggests critical changes to state rules

December 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Saturday, December 30th, 2017 at 12:05am New Mexico’s secretive system under which the state handles daily living and financial decisions for hundreds of incapacitated people a year would undergo a radical transformation if recommendations unveiled by a state Supreme Court commission are adopted. The commission’s final report of recommendations for an improved guardian/conservator system in New Mexico – released late Thursday – presents [- more...]
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