Guardianship Questions in need of answers:
By: Rana Goodman
In the September issue I told you about Guardian Commissioner Jon Norheim who was appointed by Judge Hoskins 10 years ago. To and to my knowledge no commissioner has ever been considered to replace him.
I find it inconceivable to believe that no one in our justice system has questioned the mountain of allegations of impropriety and misappropriation of funds by guardians appointed over and over again by this man. More to the point, I find it fascinating that one guardian, Jared Shafer, the one receiving the largest quantity of appointments, thus revenue has never come into the line of fire of our district attorney.
You might ask why that caught my attention; well, Patience Bristol, another guardian, is currently sitting in prison right now after making some type of plea deal with our DA. It must have been one hell of a deal because he struck 20 counts down to 1 and yet, although she learned all she knows about guardianship from Jared Shafer, he has not been charged with a thing. hmmmmmmm! So here are my questions then go to the bottom and read some excerpts from Steve Miller's archives:
Many things have been published by my colleague, Steve Miller over the last couple of years about Jared Shafer and Commissioner Norheim's behavior so let us ask;
WHY hasn't the DA filed any charges against Shafer?
WHY does the Review Journal refuse to cover any type of story on these senior exploitations?
WHY don't our assemblymen and women do something about modification of this outrageous law?
WHAT gives these scumbags so much power, please don't tell me the DA and all these power people fear them?
This inquiring mind want to know, how about you?
The following data is from Steve Miller's archives:
After Shafer bled over $360,000 from Olvera's family trust, California Superior Court Judge Paul M. Marigonda on August 21, 2013 released Olvera from a California guardianship required by Shafer as a condition for termination of Shafer's four year long control of Olvera's person and fortune. This confirmed that Olvera was competent to handle his personal and financial matters, and had been needlessly exploited by Shafer.
On May 22, 2013, attorneys for Kristina Berger accused Jared Shafer in open court of "converting" $456,795.00 of Berger's assets. In response, Shafer startled court observers by ordering Clark County Guardianship Commissioner Jon Norheim to "Close the courtroom," assuming the video recording of the proceeding would cease. The judge obediently agreed to close the court and have all spectators escorted out by the bailiff.
Here is the amazing video record: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee8XnR56gow
On May 1, 2014, Kristina Berger sued Shafer and his crew for stealing from her trust account. Here is the full text of the lawsuit: http://www.stevemiller4lasvegas.com/BergerComplaint-05--5-14.pdf
In 2009, Shafer and his CPAs Bruce Gammett and Shawn King narrowly avoided SEC criminal prosecution by returning money they "fraudulently obtained from unknowing senior citizens to invest in a Ponzi scheme."