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New Mexico: State auditor says Office of Guardianship fails to oversee firms

September 23, 2017

From the Albuquerque Journal By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 11:43pm State Auditor Tim Keller’s office on Thursday issued an “emergency risk” advisory for the state Office of Guardianship based on an initial review that showed the agency has failed to properly oversee more than 20 private companies that are paid by the state to provide guardian services for vulnerable, indigent New Mexicans. The Guardianship Office, which has about 900 [- more...]

National: Advisors Need To Know About These Common Retirement Scams

September 7, 2017

By Juliette Fairley for Financial Advisor Magazine. While working in a nursing home as an administrator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area 11 years ago, Susan Hodges admitted three new residents who were different than others who lived there. “They were depressed and anxious,” Hodges told Financial Advisor magazine. “Turns out they were wards of the state of Texas whose assets were under the control of a guardianship company after a Tarrant County Probate Judge deemed them incompetent.” [- more...]

New Mexico: Court scrambles to replace Ayudando guardians

July 31, 2017

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter State district judges in Albuquerque have identified 176 people, many of them indigent and all of them incapacitated in some way, who relied on Ayudando Guardians for help with everything from living arrangements to ensuring their funds, however meager, were safe. Chief District Judge Nan Nash and Chief Civil Division Judge Shannon Bacon in Bernalillo County said in an interview Friday that the courts are faced with having to quickly find [- more...]

New Mexico: Who guards the guardians? Ayudando was a family affair

July 31, 2017

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Ayudando Guardians Inc. opened its doors with two nurses and a medical records expert in 2004. It was formed, according to its website, “due to the enormous need for guardians and conservators in the State of New Mexico.” The nonprofit Albuquerque-based guardian and conservator firm – now accused along with its principal owners of looting millions of dollars from client accounts – grew over the years. And, the company increasingly [- more...]

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...]

Latest Horror Story from Missouri

January 15, 2016

Videos of the Williams/Mainzer Family Guardianship More stupefying abuse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX922VEs-1A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F354XB8Iww and her written story January 9, 2015 (updated 12/14/15) GUARDIANSHIP IS THE WORST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION OF THIS TIME Where have our rights gone? Where is our freedom? Where is justice? We didn’t give it away. It was taken from us. From our mother. Ten months ago our mother, Pauline Williams, was taken from my sister’s home and [- more...]

Nevada: Elyse Tyrell, Jared Shafer’s lawyer, facing State Bar of Nevada complaint from family of exploited elder

August 24, 2015

INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller  AmercianMafia.com  August 24, 2015 LAS VEGAS – I had no intention of bringing anyone to tears. A dozen people, including myself (Las Vegas Review-Journal photo of the back of my head), testified on Monday, August 17 before the Nevada Supreme Court Guardianship Commission empowered to investigate hundreds of cases of elder exploitation. To the dismay of at least two Commissioners, the hearing was covered by national media. The witnesses told of more than [- 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...]

Nevada: Escape was only option for an old soldier trapped in guardian system

August 17, 2015

Posted April 11, 2015 – 7:36pm Clark County’s private guardians may protect — or just steal and abuse By COLTON LOCHHEAD LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL APTOS, Calif. — Guadalupe Olvera sits in his tall green chair, blowing a familiar tune on his harmonica as a baseball game plays on his television. The harmony echoes off the walls of his daughter’s 1960s-era home, filling the air with an enticing melody. Although slowed by age at 95, the World War II veteran regularly attends Veterans [- more...]