Court appointed accountant charged with theft, exploitation

KNTV Las Vegas

Accused of stealing from a disabled client because he knew nobody would notice… problem is: someone eventually did. Now the troubled guardianship program 13 Action News has exposed over and over again has a new problem: The arrest of a court-appointed accountant.

Certified Public Accountant Joshua Gottesman is facing nearly 50 criminal charges--all them felonies---including theft and exploitation of a vulnerable person. All of it happened under the not-so-watchful eye of Clark County Family Court.

The Face of the Elder Guardian Trap

RealClear Investigations

Lillie White, above, 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 had refused to reveal where she was taking the 88-year-old.

Texas needs to patch holes in guardianship safety net


Perspectives on Texas

If a manufacturer produces a defective product four out of every 10 times, that company would likely be headed for big trouble. In Texas, something even more serious is happening with the nearly $5 billion in assets of vulnerable Texans held by court-appointed guardians.

A review of nearly 30,000 guardianship files by Texas’ Guardianship Compliance Program found 41 percent of the cases were out of compliance. In one particularly egregious case, the whereabouts of a person needing help was unknown for years. In another, no reports or accounts were ever filed for a $4 million estate. And in thousands of other cases, records of deceased persons have remained under the control of the courts.

Woman in 14-Year Coma Gives Birth in Arizona

Rolling Stone

A 36-year-old nurse from the Hacienda HealthCare facility has been arrested and charged with sexual assault

Update: Nathan Sutherland, a 36-year-old nurse at the Hacienda HealthCare facility has been arrested and charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse, according to the Associated Press.

The CEO of a Phoenix, Arizona, health facility has resigned amid a police investigation into the rape and subsequent pregnancy of a female patient who has been a vegetative state for more than a decade. Bill Timmons “terminated his employment” with the Hacienda HealthCare center earlier this week, the facility said in a statement to Huffington Post. According to KPHO-TV, which broke the story, the unidentified 29-year-old patient had been raped several times, and the staff had no idea she was pregnant until she went into labor and gave birth to a healthy baby boy on December 29th.

Disgraced former Nevada guardian sentenced to serve up to 40 years

KTNV Las Vegas

Former Nevada guardian April Parks was sentenced to 16-40 years, the maximum recommended.

Her business partner Mark Simmons and her husband Gary Taylor were also given lesser sentences for their role in Parks' schemes.

Over several years, Parks was appointed to become guardian to hundreds of elderly or disabled clients, called "wards," and given control over their finances.

In many of those cases, Parks used that power to drain her victims' bank accounts and isolate them from their families.

Money-draining probate system ‘like a plague on our senior citizens’

Orange County Register

Despite concerns over her mental capacity, Frerichs appeared lucid in a transcript of a rare visit with friends, vowing, “I’m not going to sit there and rot and die in that damn room.”

She also had a few words for her conservator: “You are a bastard if I ever met one. Somehow, I’m going to get rid of you. Somehow.”

Guardians From Hell


The completely legal, utterly grotesque system for undermining the rights of the elderly

Wahab’s legal affairs were in order including a durable power of attorney she had signed in January 2016 which named Brun as a patient advocate (the handler of her medical needs) as well as giving her daughter charge of her financial affairs should she ever become incapacitated. Wahab’s home was also registered in Brun’s name in a quit claim deed signed by Wahab on Dec. 29, 2014.

The two talked on the phone every day. Brun particularly relished visits with her mother during which she would gift her a piece of art. Wahab was an eager collector of Brun’s work.

That was two years ago. Everything has changed since then.