From Dan Devine–an article on protecting seniors

Protection of elder rights 24 hours a day

By Richard Devine
Cook County State’s Attorney
Our job as prosecutors isn’t always easy. We not only deal with heartbreaking violent crimes, we also run across clever con artists who deliberately target victims because they’re elderly or vulnerable. We’ve seen caretakers who mistreat their charges pitifully—and steal from them in the meantime. We’ve seen cold-hearted cases of financial exploitation. And we’ve seen home repair fraud schemes that operate almost like corporate firms. A recent Sun-Times series outlined the kinds of crimes I’m talking about. I’m sure some of you read it. If you did, you learned that what we handle isn’t often pleasant. The cases are sometimes pathetic, and sometimes our work is tragically sad.
Recently, though, I had an unusual task — much nicer than the normal routine. This time, it was my job to hand out money. Let me tell you about it. It involved a case that had more than 100 victims. The victims were all elderly, and none of them were rich. But each had made at least one solid investment in their lives: they each owned a home.
As I said, they weren’t rich. Their houses were often small and deteriorating. Some of these men and women had lived in their homes for decades. Their houses didn’t look like much, but they were the only real assets these people had. And then those homes became the target for a clever ring of con men.
The con artists worked out of two companies. One was Senior Citizens Remodeling, Inc. The other was the Senior Income Reverse Mortgage Corporation. They approached homeowners one by one and convinced them that they could improve the value of their homes. The sales people were well spoken, sophisticated and persuasive. They spoke of new roofs, brand new garages, new electrical and plumbing systems. They convinced the victims to take part in a federally funded “Reverse Mortgage” program. That program allowed the homeowners to borrow against the equity in their homes.
Then, when the loan checks came, the con artists stepped in and took the money up front. They promised to do repairs and renovations. They promised to make things better and increase the worth of the old homes. But they never showed up to do the work. Or if they did, they often did the jobs only halfway, or worse.
The owners were trusting. At first, they thought they were making a smart move. Slowly they learned they were wrong. They started calling the company, again and again and again. They did what they could, but they got nowhere. To their detriment, they had believed the promises and they were left with nothing. There was another part to the scam.
When the mortgage company arranged the loans, they charged lender fees that were out of line and above federal limits. In most cases, the victims never even knew it. But I’m pleased to tell you that that’s not the end to the story. When we got wind of the con, our office went to work. We took action against both the remodeling company and the mortgage company they worked with. After long months of legal work, we reached a settlement with the mortgage company early last year. That settlement for $200,000 was paid.
Then, later in the year, we reached a settlement with the remodeling company, too. The scam company was ordered to pay full restitution to its victims, and $50,000 in fines on top of that. After that, our office had another job to do. We sorted through the evidence to try to find all the homeowners. By the time it was over, we’d found 164 elderly people who’d fallen victim to the cold-hearted scam. Next, we had to figure out how much money the con artists scammed from each one. In many cases, it amounted to thousands of dollars. The best part came last.
Last month, it was my job to start giving the money back. That was a pleasant task. We got a lot of smiles and a lot of thank you’s. One man, who is 82 years old, joked about it. He told me he didn’t like the scam companies, and was glad to see them go out of business. “I like YOUR company,” he told me.
Of course, our office isn’t exactly a company. But we try to operate in a business-like way. And we try, whenever we can, to protect the vulnerable and the elderly. To do so, we’ve taken up new legal tools and a new system of organization. Three years ago, we reorganized. We created a special “Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Division” made up of experienced felony trial attorneys. The attorneys rotate duty so that someone is on call 24 hours a day.
These specialized prosecutors handle their cases vertically. That means they go to work when a call comes in from police and work the case from beginning to end, from the preliminary hearing, to trial, all the way through to sentencing. It may be a financial exploitation case, a case of abuse or neglect, or a violent crime. Whatever the case, we find that elderly victims are more comfortable if they can rely on one attorney throughout. It takes away some of the intimidation that courts can cause, and it’s worked. We’re proud to say that our new division had a conviction rate of over 90 percent last year.
We also have specialized personnel in our Victim-Witness program, who help guide elderly victims through the legal process. When it’s needed, they offer transportation and other assistance as well. Beyond that, our office drafted new laws to fit the crimes. We’ve written laws that help strengthen the testimony of older victims, and we drafted groundbreaking legislation that tackles identity theft, another crime that often hits the elderly. We’re doing what we can to protect the vulnerable citizens of this city.
As I said earlier, the job can be sad. And it can be frustrating, but not always. I’d like to finish by reading you a letter we got after we handed out those checks last month. This was from a man named Harlan Naas, one of the victims in that home repair fraud scheme.
“Thank you for making my holiday season the happiest in a long time,” he wrote. “I am age 81, undergoing cancer treatment, and had less than $100 to spend when the $3,200 check arrived.”
That’s why we do what we do.
Please remember that at the State’s Attorney Office, it’s our job to protect you. If you believe that you or someone you love has fallen victim to fraud or exploitation, please contact us. It’s our job to do what we can.
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I just wonder where Atty Devine was when we asked the states attorneys offices to protect Mary G. Sykes.  Instead she was fleeced of hundred of thousands of dollars–which the attorneys said would be used for her care–but it went to the attorneys!   She was guardianized and railroaded into this “crime” without due process-no evidence of service of process with Sheriff Dart and it was a done deal with Adam Stern and Cynthis Farenga and all Mary’s rights were gone, she was stripped of her home, her nearly $1 million in valuable coins (and discovery was suprressed on those at my trial and by the probate court whenever the GAL’s Stern and Farenga said so, or Harvey Waller or Peter Schmeidel said so.  My trial was a joke with the Tribunal believing every dumb thing out of the mouths of Judge Jane Louis Stuart (who lied on the stand and was subsequently forced in the sudden retirement, likely by the FBI), now Aicha MacCarthy who was on the bench on this case when Mary G Sykes was narcoticed to death, placed in hospice and on drugs despite being a staunch Roman Catholic who put in her last POA to prolong her life by all means.

Where is the hue and outcry over the death of one lone woman from Norwood Park neighborhood in Chicago, her home sold by the probate flying monkeys for pennies on the dollar, stripped of her all her rights, isolated from 20+ former friends and family.

I understand that the Catherine Falk Organization is getting the Aging Parental Reunification Law passed in Utah right now, please pray for them to get this done.  I believe in California it is on the Gov’s desk for signature.  Please pray it is signed right away.

In the case of Gloria Sykes, she is now dead, being narcoticed to death, no funderal, no announcements, no obituary, embalmed while the Guardian waited.  No tox screen, no autopsy.

What about the other seniors.  At least Mary has quite a few voices–Gloria, Kathie, Ken, myself and others–willing to go to the ropes and beyond for one little old lady we knew and loved well.  But there are others–Ms. Lipinsky’s mom was narcoticed to death after she plead with Ms. Lipinsky, a beloved daughter not to leave her with the evil sis, but Ms. Lipinsky had to, there was a court order.  Not long after her mom too was narcoticed to death “in hospice”, and the sis made sure there was no tox screen, no autopsy and no questions, a quick cremation.

please pray for the below bill:

http://www.catherinefalkorganization.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Peter-Falks-bill-NY.pdf

And if you get a chance, go to their website and show your support

Another good story to read is on the dangerous of psychotropic meds and how they are frequently used in nursing homes far too often and generally as chemical restraints.  Of course, none of this is legal in Illinois where the patient has to give consent to the use of such drugs, warned of the side effects and given alternatives, but it happens all the time, so please be aware and protect your loved ones.

http://www.news10.net/story/news/investigations/2015/06/17/45-area-nursing-homes-rate-below-average-for-the-use-of-antipsychotic-drugs/71258022/

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From Ken Ditkowsky–make the miscreants pay the taxes that are due.

From: kenneth ditkowsky
Sent: Jun 28, 2015 12:52 PM
To: Douglas Kinan , “Kirk@kirk.senate.gov” , Matt Senator Kirk , Edward Carter , Probate Sharks , “JoAnne M. Denison” , Tim NASGA , Nasga Us , Eric Holder , “FBI- ( (” , Chicago FBI , Chicago Tribune
Subject: Why are the elder cleansers not paying their income taxes on their ill gotten gains? We would all like to know.

Tax Consequences of Elder Cleansing:
1.        Unreported Inventory.
One of the most common consequences of the isolation, and financial exploitation is the taking of assets (such as occurred in the Mary Sykes case -09 P 4585) and not inventorying them.   This theft is a benefit to the miscreant guardian as well as all who join in the Conspiracy.    In the Mary Sykes case we are dealing with nearly a million dollars in gold coins.    We are also dealing with “cash” and other valuables.   It is estimated that the entire estate had a value of over 2 million dollars.
When the fiduciary (and his co-conspirators) take possession directly or indirectly a taxable event occurs and each has joint and several liability for the entire value of the asset that is not inventoried and which ultimately finds its way out of the estate.   This is ordinary income.  It can be allocated to each and all of the following miscreants:  Judges X and Y, Schmeidel, Farenga, Stern and the ARDC that covered up by wrongfully prosecuting attorneys blowing the whistle on the abuse and fraud:  Jerome Larkin, head of the ARDC, Sharon Opryszek, Melissa Smart, Leah Black Guiterrez, Stephen Split and others.  Those with a finger in the pie, and those that cover up the pie, are all jointly and severally liable until the tax fraud debit is paid.
2.       Side ventures
The assets of the estate being ravaged has various assets in it that slip through the cracks after being inventoried.    In the Sykes it was quite difficult to make her home disappear.    So the guardians went into Court claiming that they needed money and the need to sell the house.    In the Sykes case the house had a value in excess of $700,000 – according to an appraisal done previously. [1]     The sale of the dwelling was for approx. $200,000.00.       This sale was highly questionable even though approved by the Court.
It is expected (and will occur in Sykes) that the property will be sold and through a series of mesne sales that full value will be obtained for the miscreants (co-conspirators).    The first purchaser will sell the property to another nominee purchaser.    This will be followed by another sale and finally a sale to the ultimate purchaser.     The final sale will be claimed as a capital gain –
As this side venture was a taxable event on day one, the entire transaction when it occurred is ordinary income.   Thus, the Sykes miscreants must pay when the sale occurred ordinary income taxes against the correct value of $1 million.    They are not entitled to capital gains – no matter how they structure the sale.
3.       Collateral pickups.
Being a guardian has with it opportunities.     They include kickbacks for playing the Ward in a nursing home, hospice facility.     In addition, employment of certain attorneys means referral fees etc.        All these referral fees are taxable income.      In the case of nursing homes as an example, the remuneration may come in the form of the income from nursing beds, an interest in the partnership controlling the facility, or the opportunity to engage in other and similar exploitations of the elderly.     These collaterals are ordinary income and the joint and several liability attaches to all of the conspirators.    Thus, it is respectfully suggested under reporting of the income tax liability may start the Statute of Limitations in operation as to the miscreant who reports the “kickback” but not as to the co-conspirators who did not report the benefit(gain).    Any tax paid however offsets the liability of the other co-conspirators to the extent of the payment
The Gore case a certain Guardian ad Litem was provided an opportunity to be the “heir” of an elderly person.    She took advantage of it and filed in the Florida Courts her claim.     The AG of Florida objected to the claim, however, he settled for ½ of the value of the payout.    That left a million dollars as an inheritance.     This inheritance was not an inheritance – it was a theft and the co-conspirators owed the tax on the money received as ordinary income.     Those who cover-up the fraud (such as Jerome Larkin and his minions SO, LBG, SS, MS, etc.) also owe the taxes due as a joint and several liability.
4.       Pick-ups.
In several of the Florida estates and in the Sykes case the miscreants have managed to get Court orders that attached property that was not part of the disabled person’s estate.      Theft is a taxable event even if a Court approves it.
For instance.    In one Florida Estate the guardian and the Court arbitrarily took possession and control over the property of one of the objecting family members.    It was clear that this control was obtained for the purpose of shutting the dissent to the elder cleansing life shut down.     The minute the guardian and Court took control of the funds that we not part of the estate each of the co-conspirators (including the Judge’s X and Y who should have known better) owed the United States of America the ordinary income taxes due.   (Constructive receipt).     These taxes vested.
In a similar manner in the Sykes estate, the commandeering of Gloria Sykes hazard insurance settlement resulted in tax liability for the guardian, the two guardian ad litem, the corrupt jurist, the attorney who was aware of and part of the theft, Jerome Larkin and his crew who tried to cover it up and everyone who joined in the conspiracy.    The taxes that they owed are ordinary income.
In some of the cases, and in particular the Florida case the theft was covered up by the corrupt jurist awarding Attorney fees from the stolen money.     The award of attorney fees and court costs is an independent act.    Money is fungible!     The fact that some taxes were paid (or will be paid) on the attorney fees is incidental and does not defray the Federal and State taxes due.    The entire fund is ordinary income and must be reported in the year of the theft as ordinary income on the tax return.    No credit is given to the criminals for paying taxes on attorney fees or other costs that are claimed to be paid out of the stolen funds.   The only credit that they are entitled to is for taxes specifically paid on the stolen funds.
The Sykes case is a corner stone case that has almost all of the pernicious events occurring therein.      The statutory protections were all ignored by a corrupt jurist and his cohorts.     The corrupt judicial officials were protected by the Supreme Court justices of Illinois and the Illinois Attorney Disciplinary Commission and its director Jerome Larkin.    Larkin acted through attorneys who demonstrated amorality and avarice as they protected their co-conspirators from an Honest investigation.   18 USCA 371 addresses this situation and defines the fact that all who did overt acts in pursuance of the elder cleansing are co-conspirators and jointly and severally liable for not only the damages but the ordinary income taxes.     (There is no benefit of the doubt for corrupt public and judicial officials who elect to prey on the elderly and the disabled – the State and the United States of America should be able to collect the income taxes due in full and without unjust delay.)


[1] A real estate appraisal varies as it is opinion.   In the Fairway Preserve Condominium frauds, the developer was able to obtain appraisals of condo units for $350,000, while the Count appraiser appraised the same units for $100,000.00.     Historically, lender appraisals are lower than insurance appraisals.     The real appraisal occurs when the property is sold to a purchaser who is not controlled by either the real purchaser or the seller – or their representatives.   In the Sykes case because of the location, zoning potential, and size of the lot the $700,000 value is a bit frugal.