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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: 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: Attorney indicted on theft and exploitation of the elderly charges

January 5, 2017

CLARK COUNTY (KTNV) – A Grand Jury secured an indictment against attorney Robert Graham on Tuesday. He faces three counts of theft and three counts of exploitation of an older/vulnerable person. Two counts of destroying evidence were also included in the indictment. RELATED: Local attorney abandons clients, according to Nevada State Bar Graham faces 1-10 years for each theft charge, 2-20 years for each exploitation charge, and up to 364 days in jail for destroying evidence. The District [- more...]

Nevada Responds to Ward Abuse

December 1, 2015

Finally, there will be some oversight in Guardianship to address the rampant abuse of Ward abusers in Nevada. Ch 13 update from Darcy Spears Nevada A major lack of oversight in Clark County courts has torn families apart and victimized the vulnerable people it was supposed to protect. That’s what Darcy Spears found in her year-long Contact 13 Investigation of the guardianship system. Now many changes are underway to fix the problems. Clark County District Court is adding staff to better [- more...]

Nevada: KTNV video – Search warrants served as police investigate guardianship exploitation

September 23, 2015

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Sep 21, 2015 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — Breaking news in an ongoing Contact 13 investigation as search warrants are served at multiple locations. Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears has been shining a spotlight on guardianship exploitation for nearly a year. Now law enforcement is taking an unprecedented step. “April, it’s Darcy Spears from channel 13, would you please come out and talk to me?” Spears called through April Parks’ front [- 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: Las Vegas Guardianship Abuse and Judicial Reform Local Media Publications:

July 1, 2015

2015 Las Vegas Guardianship Abuse and Judicial Reform Local Media Publications: JUNE KTNV ABC News – Newly Formed Guardianship Commission Members Announced  6/26/15 LasVegasReviewJournal Panel Appointed Improve Clark County Troubled Guardianship System  6/26/15 KTNV ABC News – Guardianship Judge Allows Daughter into Dads Life  6/25/15 KTNV ABC News – Guardianship Hearing Master Continues to Rule  6/17/15 KTNV ABC News – Family Free at Last From Guardianship  6/12/15 [- more...]

Nevada: Hotline & email to report guardianship abuse for Clark County, NV

May 7, 2015

AAAPG wants to point out the great strides Nevada has taken in just the first 4 months of 2015 in cleaning up the national disgrace of Guardianship Abuse, beginning with the removal of a private, for-profit guardian from the directory published by Nevada Division of Aging in Disability Services. The removal of the guardian from the directory, which effectively disallows her to be a guardian, is part of new hotline & email established by Clark County, Nevada. The hot line number to report [- more...]