Convictions and Guilty Pleas

More criminal charges against Traci Samuel Hudson

June 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

Today in the Pinellas County court room of Judge St. John, former president of the Pinellas guardianship Association, Traci Samuels Hudson attended what was to be a pretrial hearing. But after many months of investigation the states attorney brought several additional criminal charges to light. Referencing cases that have been under investigation for over a year, Hudson was charged among other things with the disappearance of between seven and 10 firearms from the home of one of her unfortunate [- 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: Plea bargain catches victims by surprise

November 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

 By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Federal law says crime victims have a right to “reasonable and timely notice” of any public court proceedings involving the crime. But Paul Donisthorpe’s sudden plea bargain Monday in a high-profile $4 million trust fund embezzlement scheme caught victims by surprise. Armando Ramirez, of Santa Teresa, helps support his brother Omar Ramirez, who lost nearly $1 million in a trust account managed by Donisthorpe that was supposed to pay for [- more...]

BREAKING NEWS – New Mexico: Former Desert State Life CEO pleads guilty in Federal Court to fraud, money laundering

November 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The former CEO of Desert State Life Management pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in federal court Monday morning. Paul Donisthorpe, 62, will be sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison, according to the recommendation in his plea agreement. He also must pay $4,812,857 in restitution to the victims of his crimes. Donisthorpe ran a decade-long scheme in which he stole more than $4.8 million from more than 70 of his company’s clients. Many of them had [- more...]

Nevada: Family awarded $8.5 million in guardianship abuse case

November 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Darcy Spears Posted: 5:41 PM, Nov 21, 2017 LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – $8.5 million dollars. It’s a figure almost impossible to fathom for 81-year-old Rudy North. “And it’s time,” North said. “It’s taken over four years.” The autumn 2013 day that April Parks came to take guardianship over Rudy and his wife, Rennie, is a day they’ll never forget. “We were kidnapped from our house,” Rudy said. After Contact 13 exposed allegations of [- more...]

Las Vegas: Attorney Rob Graham Pleads Guilty to Stealing over $16 million from Client Estate Funds

September 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Jeff German and David Ferrara Updated September 7, 2017 – 5:13 pm Longtime estate attorney Robert Graham admitted in District Court Thursday to stealing more than $16 million from clients, many of whom relied financially on trust funds he oversaw. Graham, 52, who is in custody at the Clark County Detention Center on $5 million bail, pleaded guilty before District Judge Kerry Earley to two felony counts of theft and three counts of exploitation of an older/vulnerable person. He faces a [- more...]
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