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Journalist Colleen Heild

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: Holocaust-era survivor chafes under Ayudando guardianship

August 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Colleen Heild and Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writers From the Albuquerque Journal Peter Grotte-Higley was 3 years old in 1939 and living in what was then Czechoslovakia when the Nazis sent his Jewish father to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. As World War II came to a close, the invading Russian army forced 10-year-old Peter and his mother into a “collection” camp, where he recalls hearing people being beaten at night. Grotte-Higley survived to tell the story of his eventual [- more...]

New Mexico: Employee blows whistle on guardian embezzlement case

July 21, 2017 // 2 Comments

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

March 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

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...]