THE TRAGEDY OF GUARDIANSHIP FRAUD
Three Other Guardianship Fraud Cases
Notable Quotes:“Let me first emphasize that the FBI has identified elder fraud and fraud against those suffering from serious illness as two of the most insidious of all white collar crimes being perpetrated by today's modern and high tech con-man. Many elderly citizens rely on pensions, social security and life savings to support themselves. The losses inflicted by these unscrupulous con men and their organizations are both financially and emotionally devastating to these victims.”
Dennis Lormel, former Chief, Financial Crimes Section, FBI
“Everyone, even the experts, can be taken in, manipulated, conned by them. A good sociopath can play a concerto on anyone’s heartstrings. Your best defense is to understand the nature of these human predators.”
Dr. Robert Hare, author, “Snakes in Suit: When Psychopaths Go to Work”
Case #1: Glynnis Walker, MBA, Ph.D.
In 2010, three women stole my mother. This is the story of how I tried to get her back.
Her name was Rosalind, but my dad always called her “Joy” because she was his joy for sixty years. The trio of conspirators that targeted her, and later my family, consisted of a lawyer, a neighbor and a part-time supermarket checker.
Two of them were motivated, in part, by an overwhelming need to control and manipulate others. All of them were enticed by the prospect of easy money. During their association with my mother, they abused her, defrauded her, changed her will, stole her identity, and mine.
My mother was an easy target. She was a sweet, naive woman who belonged to a generation when women were brought up to be trusting and compliant. She also had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It was not difficult for them to take over her life, isolate her from her family, empty her bank accounts, use her credit cards, and later, when the time was right for them, arrange for her to die so they could profit from the bogus will they created.
Unfortunately, though what happened to my mother is perhaps one of the worst examples of elder fraud, experts in the field agree that it was hardly a rare series of events. Fraud and abuse happen every day to millions of seniors, and the numbers are escalating.
Case #2: Susan Warren, MA, LPC, LIAC, NCC, CHT
In 2004 I went to see a new GYN who referred me to her gay
male friend, Terry, to be a caretaker for my mother. He worked for us
from July - Dec and in that time my mother, who was diabetic and always
overweight, lost 50 lb. so he must have been giving her something as she was
dining out daily. He turned her against her 5 physicians (she never saw the
GYN), her friends, and at the end against me when I became her financial POA.
He took her to our bank and the bank mistakenly allowed her to withdraw
all her money and she deposited it in his bank. His plan was to take her
to Vegas with all of his gay friends and marry her, as he convinced her he
Names are omitted to protect this person from further physical harm. This message is for others.
Details: In 2011 he was declared a vulnerable adult by the courts through the actions of his wife. He was 64 years old. He had recently filed for divorce and made plans to live in Arizona during the duration of his divorce. He had inherited several million dollars when his mother died in 2009. This was his third wife, and he told several people that he thought she was a sociopath. It is widely believed that he was drugged by his wife and with the help of a friend and a guardianship firm, he was kept medicated, isolated and stripped of his assets. His first wife may be a complacent participant since she made it known that she was never forgiving him for divorcing her. She is wealthy in her own right and a close friend of the third wife and the friend who betrayed him. The wife worked for a City Attorney’s Office in Washington State for over 20 years. That Police Department made it clear that they would not investigate this matter. The victim had told several friends outside of the area that his third wife had slept with many on that police force. The guardianship firm is the largest and oldest guardianship firm in Washington and has a long-standing reputation for not adhering to Standards of Practice in their care of clients. Although the wife and the friend who betrayed him were not allowed to be his guardian by the GAL who investigated and left this man with the right to vote , the guardianship firm put the wife in charge of her husband, cancelled the divorce, and friends were not allowed to see or talk to him.
…Depression in elderly persons can often mimic the effects of dementia (Kaszniak & Christenson, 1994). Psychomotor retardation and decreased motivation can result in nondemented persons appearing to have pathophysiologically determined cognitive disturbances in both day-to-day functioning and on formal neuropsychological testing. Depression can also cause non-demented persons to over-report the severity of cognitive disturbance. Consequently, it is important to perform a careful assessment for depression when evaluating for dementia and age-related cognitive decline, and determine what coping strategies exist and ways in which coping can be modified to more fully integrate the older client to his/her environment and reduce their distress.
It is also known that the wife changed the locks on the house and changed the phone to an unlisted number to make sure that others could not see nor talk to the victim. These many facts are the basis of speculation that this man was indeed a victim of guardianship fraud.
To Summerize: These are the major steps taken in guardianship financial fraud cases commonly done throughout the United States by attorneys and the courts. It's criminal.
1. A close friend or family member, the targeted victim, is sued on bogus charges.
2. Another family member or a guardianship firm tells the court the sued person is in eminent danger from the suing person.
3. If the sued person (victim) can't convince otherwise, they are placed as a ward of the state “for his/her protection.”
4. His/her estate can then be plundered by the participants of the fraud, the guardian, the attorneys and court,even perhaps a family member and any paid-for cops or others used to intimidate witnesses and friends.
5. The victim is kept isolated and medicated and once the estate is depleted, victim dies of supposed "natural causes," often a horrific death.
No one Goes to Jail.
Michael Larsen and Anthony Domanico ****************