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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...]

U.S. Department of Justice looking into Guardianship Abuse

July 27, 2017 // 12 Comments

The moment a judge signs the order for an involuntary guardianship they have designated your loved one “disabled”.  These individuals are protected by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1993 and the Olmstead Act provision enacted in 1999 to protect those unlawfully institutionalized and isolated.  Most adult guardianship adjudicating courts completely ignore these obligations.  These violations provide federal authorities the opportunity to step in and demand [- more...]

Nevada: Helen Natko convicted in guardianship abuse case

April 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

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...]