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Texas: Federal judge sends suit against probate judge and guardian to state court

April 10, 2019 // 1 Comment

HOUSTON – U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal remanded plaintiff Sherry Johnston’s breach of fiduciary duty claim against court appointed guardian David Dexel to the 253rd Judicial District of Liberty County, all while letting Harris County Probate Judge Christine Butts off the hook. “Unlike the claim against Judge Butts, the claim against Dexel raises unsettled issues of Texas law,” wrote Judge Rosenthal on Mar. 14 in a 40-page ruling from the bench of the U.S. District Court [- more...]

Media Advisory: AAAPG applauds US Justice Dept’s Elder Fraud Sweep

March 14, 2019 // 1 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dr. Sam Sugar (855) 913-5337 x101; info@aaapg.net   JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S ELDER FRAUD SWEEP APPLAUDED BY AMERICANS AGAINST ABUSIVE PROBATE GUARDIANSHIP Victims’ Advocates in all 50 States Welcome Investigations Against Vulnerable Adults   (Ft. Lauderdale, FL – March 14, 2019)   Speaking on behalf of the Board of the non-profit Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG), president and founder Dr. Sam Sugar applauded the US Justice [- more...]

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...]

National: The Face of the Elderly Guardian Trap

February 24, 2019 // 1 Comment

by Diane Dimond Real Clear Investigations Lillie White, an octogenarian from Palm Coast, Florida, went missing in August 2016. She was last seen at a doctor’s office where her niece Sheila had taken her for a checkup. Sheila was confused when an assistant called her into a back room to fill out more medical forms for her aunt, but she complied. When she returned to the waiting room, Aunt Lillie was gone. Sheila was told she had been escorted from the office by a court-appointed guardian who [- more...]

Washington state: Was state AG Annette Hayes forced to resign?

January 28, 2019 // 1 Comment

Seattle, WA January 27st, 2019 – The Trump Administration, directly after taking office, asked U.S. Attorneys across the country to submit their resignations.  As a matter of routine, politically-appointed U.S. Attorneys submit letters of resignation after a change of administration.  In March of 2017, the Trump administration selected Brian Moran as Annette Hayes’ replacement for the Western District. But when Hayes, the recently departed U.S. Attorney for the Western District was asked [- 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...]

From 2016 UN deliberations: Is Elder Guardianship A New Form Of Human Trafficking?

August 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

As the 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations begins this week to discuss international issues that affect the lives of millions throughout the world, the United States needs to step up its commitment to safeguard human rights and promote the rule of law in its own backyard — specifically, escalating abuse in the U.S. Elder Guardianship system. It’s legal, but is it right? Imagine you’ve worked hard all of your life and suddenly you are deemed incapacitated and are [- 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...]
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