Who robs the Elderly Most in their Retirement?

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The Probate Court’s Dirty Secret That’s Robbing the Elderly in Retirement

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Kathleen Dunn’s mother Jacqueline Scott was placed under the care of a professional fiduciary in Florida after a sibling filed in probate court to be her guardian. When a Pinellas County Judge began to restrict visitation with her then 82-year-old mother, Dunn filed a complaint.

“I was under the impression that we lived in America and this is the land of the free but I had no idea that people were being legally kidnapped to be robbed of all their assets and Constitutional rights,” Dunn said.

Dunn is among a rising number of baby boomers and Gen Xers involved in expensive custody battles concerning their World War II generation family members who are expected to collectively pass along $41 trillion in inheritance money. However, family disputes and professional guardians sanctioned by courts nationwide stand to intercept this transference of wealth.
“Probate judges are increasingly handing over an innocent elderly person’s health, wealth and life to a total stranger whose only focus is often just to take and make as much money from the family as possible,” says Dr. Sam Sugar, founder Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, an advocacy group.

In most cases, courts appoint family members as guardian but they are increasingly turning to an emerging cottage industry of professional guardians who are not related to their wards and usually work in for-profit firms and whose fees are paid from the assets of the person they’re taking care of. But several reports note a rising number of allegations of financial exploitation.

The courts of 65 percent of state judges and court staff have taken action against at least one guardian for “misconduct, malfeasance, or serious failure to fulfill their obligations” in the previous three years, according to a 2014 survey by the Administrative Conference of the United States. Some 60 percent of court personnel did not review credit or financial reports on prospective guardians.
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“The best way to prevent a guardianship is to have the family of the incapacitated person enter into some sort of agreement as to how things will be handled from that point forward,” said Don Ford, an attorney in Houston whose legal strategy liberated 97-year-old Ann Walton James, whom Titus County Judge Brian Lee placed under professional guardianship.

Spelling out wishes in a trust, power of attorney or will can avoid disputes in some cases but even this foresight is not fool proof.

“Estate planning can be very useful in preventing or delaying guardianships, however, this will not work if the person or family member you have designated to serve as power of attorney or trustee end up abusing their authority,” Ford said.

It’s often rivalry among family members that creates chaos in the lives of the elderly who may be losing their memory or experiencing the symptoms of early onset of dementia.

Mary Rose, 43, has been required to pay $50 an hour to a monitor to supervise weekly 2-hour visits with her 83-year-old mother Evelyn Ann Nabity due to a court order signed by Nebraska Judge Darryl R. Lowe. That’s because Rose says Robert Nabity, a sibling, applied to be guardian in probate court and won.
“Our mother had given me medical power of attorney in 1998 and now I have limited access to see her and no authority to make medical decisions for her,” said Rose, an R.N. who lives in Grand Island, Nebraska.

The elderly Ms. Nabity remains locked up in an Alzheimer’s facility in Omaha.

“The biggest source of abuse comes from someone who ends up taking their parents’ or spouse’s money for their own personal use instead of using it solely for the benefit of the incapacitated parent or partner,” said Ford.

Juliette Fairley is an author, lecturer and TV host based in New York. To read more of her work, Click Here Now.

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Gloria Sykes on TwiggsCafe Radio with Andy Ostrowski

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From:Andy Ostrowski <ajo@bsolaw.com>

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Subject: Gloria Sykes on Justice Served – Elder Abuse and Guardianship Reform

Date: Feb 25, 2016 11:22 AM

Tune in tonight at 6 p.m. eastern time (5 central) for the interview of Gloria Jean Sykes, which provides the back story to the great interviews by disciplined lawyers Ken Ditkowsky and Joanne Denison covered last week about the Mary Sykes guardianship situation.

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Gloria Sykes on TwiggsCafe Radio with Andy Ostrowski

From: Andy Ostrowski <ajo@bsolaw.com>

To: ‘kenneth ditkowsky’ <kenditkowsky@yahoo.com>, ‘Gloria Jean SYKES’ <gloami@msn.com>

Cc: “‘j. d.'” <jdit@aol.com>, ……

Subject: Gloria Sykes on Justice Served – Elder Abuse and Guardianship Reform

Date: Feb 25, 2016 11:22 AM

Tune in tonight at 6 p.m. eastern time (5 central) for the interview of Gloria Jean Sykes, which provides the back story to the great interviews by disciplined lawyers Ken Ditkowsky and Joanne Denison covered last week about the Mary Sykes guardianship situation.

 

http://www.justiceserved.online/

 

From Ken Ditkowsky –Critical internet radio programs covered by 1st Amendment

Date: Feb 25, 2016 11:18 AM
If we focus solely on the elder cleansing cases (and those related thereto) the future looks bleak as the amounts of money that is available to be garnered by the cadre of corrupt judges, lawyers, judicial officials is over whelming.   With the election coming up the political elite look to the nursing and sheltered care facilities and realize that if there are 360 resident residing in a facility by nursing home (or sheltered care) operator can deliver 360 votes in the primary to the operators favorite candidate and in the general election even a few more.  (Death in some venues does not disenfranchise).
However, in a case that parallels the Disciplinary proceedings that many lawyers who have exercised their First Amendment Rights have had to endure, the Texas Court recognized the fact the First Amendment is important and no matter how expedient it may be for a politically corrupt prosecutor, being elected (or appointed) as a prosecutor still limits his/her authority to the RULE OF LAW and the Bill of Rights.
To reiterate it has been and is my position that:   Andy has an absolute right to mentor a radio program wherein his guests are critical of certain favored interests.  Lawyers like Jeffery had a right to represent their client’s interests vigorously even if a sundry judge is offended.  Lawyers whose skin color is too dark for Jerome Larkin can complain of obvious conflicts of interest of certain protected judges.   I can demand an HONEST investigation; and JoAnne can join with me in the call for an Honest investigation and even publish the call and practices that she and public deem corrupt in her blog – MARYGSYKES.
In a similar manner, Rick Perry as the governor of Texas can veto appropriations for a favorite political person who got caught drunk driving without having to face First Amendment violating inappropriate criminal prosecutions.   See:
The violation of Governor Perry First Amendment rights might now be pecuniarily remediable = as he is part of the political elite and he was the Governor of the State; however, they are remediable at the ballot box ****.
The violation of the rights of Lanre, Jeffery, Andy, ***** not been tinged by partisan politics (as far as we know) are more serious as Jerome Larkin and his counterparts are using the State mechanism (Lawyer Disciplinary Commissions) to advance their own economic and political interests.    They are also more serious as the lawyers affected have to seek remedy in ‘wired’ proceedings in which the decision is not going to be on the merits, but whether or not certain favored individuals pecuniary interests are served.
The unlevel playing field is so obvious.   If a lawyer were to attempt to argue that Dred Scott was the law of the land, disciplinary proceedings would commence first in the courtroom and them before a disciplinary commission.   The reason:  Lawyers are required by their oaths and rule to NOT MISREPRESENT THE LAW and to be candid with the trier of fact.   HOWEVER, if anyone with familiarity with the English language were to view the documents that the Larkin administered IARDC submitted to the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois he/she would note that Larkin argues that the Alvarez case is authority for Larkin’s assault on the First Amendment.  Unfortunately, Larkin has committed the cardinal sin – he not only is misrepresenting the decision, but he adopts one of the argument specifically rejected by the SCOTUS.   The Supreme Court did not hold Larkin in contempt, nor did it suggest that disciplinary proceedings commence against him for his ethically reprehensible conduct – it ignored the strict prohibition in Alvarez, Sawyer, ****** and suspended JoAnne for three years.
In Florida ***** there has been similar results.
However, there is hope — Governor Perry faced up to the Jerome Larkin look a like in Texas and the Court stood up to be counted in favor of Due Process, the Rule of Law, the Bill of Rights and most importantly the First Amendment.   Such is a victory for all of us!
The Chicago Tribune (in its second section) today carried an article pointing out that the government was lax in enforcement of laws protecting the Nation from health care fraud.   I mention this because such as not been a secret.   Seth Gillman’s indictment has been news for over a year and his plea of guilty very significant – but the Tribune (and the rest of the media) have been silent.   Even the Omnicare 150 million plus fine and subsequent sale for 12.4 billion dollars has been almost an open secret.   The Sykes and Gore case inspite of their horror garnered only silence *****
Once against – -however, it is progress that the Tribune is acknowledging the woeful enforcement of laws relating to health care fraud by our government.   Maybe a tribune reporter and the newspaper would be induced to wander over to the Daley Center, get out on the 12th floor and pull file 09 P 4585 and observe – no summons as required by statute served, no prior 14 days notice, no hearing, no compliance with the law – however, three million dollars plus stolen!    (He might even ask why there were two guardian ad litem in an estate which had an inventory well under $100,000.00).   The Alice Gore case *******
Why the cover=up?
If you don’t know, I certainly and not going to tell you!!!

Obama care fraught with fraud?

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Watchdog Finds Billions in Possible Fraudulent Obamacare Payments

While you have noted on this blog that there are schemers and scammers all over the place in health care, making it about 70% fraud, the Obama administration has recovered billions in health care fraud through a joint task force between HHS and the FBI, so much more needs to be done.

We can’t have universal health care with all of the fraud out there.  Premiums are not affordable for most US citizens.  They are way to high at $1000 to $1200 per month for most families.  Health care fraud has to end.

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Obama care fraught with fraud?

Watchdog Finds Billions in Possible Fraudulent Obamacare Payments

While you have noted on this blog that there are schemers and scammers all over the place in health care, making it about 70% fraud, the Obama administration has recovered billions in health care fraud through a joint task force between HHS and the FBI, so much more needs to be done.

We can’t have universal health care with all of the fraud out there.  Premiums are not affordable for most US citizens.  They are way to high at $1000 to $1200 per month for most families.  Health care fraud has to end.


Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, 12:49 PM PERMALINK


The federal government has failed to properly monitor enrollee eligibility for Obamacare, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). As a result, the government has made billions of dollars in Obamacare subsidy payments to individuals that may have been committing fraud.

“When the government wastes money, it is wasting OUR money. It is cutting OUR pay. It is damaging OUR lives,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.  “And the Obama administration is treating us with contempt.”

As the report notes, the system used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) relies on data sent by three government agencies – the IRS, SSA, and DHS – to check eligibility for Obamacare. However, the system used by CMS is unable to verify many inconsistencies in the data.

This inability to properly verify enrollment has meant billions of dollars have been sent out to enrollees without verifying whether the applicants were fraudulent. As the report notes:

“According to GAO analysis of CMS data, about 431,000 applications from the 2014 enrollment period, with about $1.7 billion in associated subsidies for 2014, still had unresolved inconsistencies as of April 2015—several months after close of the coverage year.”

While CMS has information that could shed light on fraud, it has not developed any procedure to utilize it. As the report notes:

“CMS foregoes information that could suggest potential program issues or potential vulnerabilities to fraud, as well as information that might be useful for enhancing program management.”

These latest findings should not be surprising. Time and time again, watchdogs have sounded the alarm over Obamacare exchange verification and controls.

  • An auditor’s report examining Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange found the exchange enrolled more than 100,000 individuals who were ineligible for the program. In all, the audit estimated an error rate of close to 50 percent, and the state overpaid up to $271 million over the five-month period that was analyzed by auditors.
  • A December 2015 report by the Health and Human Services Inspector General (HHS OIG) found that CMS relied entirely on data from health insurers to verify whether enrollees had paid their premiums and were eligible. However, this data was completely insufficient – insurers provided payment information on an aggregate rather than enrollee-by-enrollee basis, making verification all but impossible.

 

  • A October 23, 2015 report by GAO found that Obamacare exchanges (both state and federal) were failing to verify key enrollment information of applicants including Social Security numbers, household income, and citizenship.

 

  • A September 1, 2015 report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that Obamacare exchanges are failing to provide adequate enrollment information to the IRS for proper payment and verification of tax credits.

 

  • A August 2015 report by HHS OIG found that the federal exchange is failing to verify Social Security numbers, citizenship, and household income of Obamacare applicants. As a result, the exchange is unable to verify whether applicants are properly receiving tax credits.
  • A July 16, 2015 audit by GAO found that 11 of 12 fake ‘test’ applicants received coverage for the entire 2014 coverage period despite many using fraudulent documents, and others providing no documentation at all. From these 11 applicants alone, Healthcare.gov paid $30,000 in tax credits.

 

  • A June 16, 2015 report released by the HHS OIG found that $2.8 billion worth of Obamacare subsidies and payments had been made in 2014 without verification.

 

  • A June 10, 2015 TIGTA report found the IRS failed to properly administer nearly $11 billion in Obamacare tax credits.

 

  • A May 21, 2015 report by TIGTA found that the IRS failed to test Obamacare processing and verification IT until a week before the filing season began.

 

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From Mark Hexum–a letter for every politician!

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Dunlap, IL 61525
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February 21, 2016
Dear Presidential Candidate,
The family court system is a $50 billion dollar business where thousands of lives of fathers, mothers and children are destroyed and in many cases ended because of the corruption in the system. For family court victims, there is no recourse. Appeals seldom work, judges protect corrupt attorneys, judges protect corrupt judges, attorney and judicial disciplinary commissions do nothing and the media will not get involved because they say family court issues are “he said/she said issues.” These horrors are not about “he said/she said”, they are about constitutional rights, civil liberties/rights, children, human beings, corruption, judicial abuse of power, judicial misconduct, judicial immunity and money. If an attorney has the courage to challenge and report a corrupt judge, they are suspended or disbarred. Since 2001, 60,000 US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq to protect the Constitutional rights and freedoms of US citizens. Family Court judges violate those rights daily and no one does anything. There is more attention and public outcry for abused dogs and cats than the human beings abused in the US Family Court system!

I am the Family Civil Liberties Union Illinois Chapter President. I am working with a growing group of IL family court victims to drive judicial accountability. Our thinking is if judges are accountable for their crimes and violating the US Constitution, they will better control the corrupt attorneys that operate in their courts. Specifically we are working to:

1. Restructure the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board so it protects citizens violated by judicial misconduct rather than propagating corruption through protection of corrupt judges.
2. Repeal the Confidentiality of Judicial Complaint Proceedings
3. Repeal of Absolute Judicial Immunity

Judges, particularly family court judges do as they please and there is no recourse for family court victims. I am including my family court horror story and those of Lisa Nadig (Chicago) and Dominick Tomasello (Chicago). To get a good overview of the family court problem I suggest reading Michael Volpe’s book, “Bullied to Death: Chris Mackney’s Kafkaesque Divorce”. Chris Mackney spent years fighting the corrupt Virginia family Court system, lost his children, multiple jobs and his will to fight any longer, so he blew his head off. Included in the book are countless other family court horror stories.
On behalf of Illinois family court victims, I am pleading with you to make family court reform an issue in your campaign. There are tens of thousands across the US that are fighting for family court reform.

Thank you.
With respect,

Mark G. Hexum
Illinois Chapter President
Family Civil Liberties Union (fclu.org)