Elder extortion and fraud happens with the silent stroke of a pen when no one is looking. It is a white-collar crime no one speaks about, whether out of shame or fear. It is a relatively easy crime for anyone to commit "legally" and not face charges or prison time. States such as Florida have laws, the Baker Act in particular, making it incredibly easy to gain control of an estate, including family members with cognitive or physical disabilities. One can "legally" have a person taken from them by elder fraud.
My grandparents had a trust with $1,000,000. USD ($1M) saved for the long-term care of my mentally and physically disabled aunt, their daughter, and my mother's sister. My family has been a victim of elder fraud and extortion, currently and for over a decade.
Over the next few weeks and months, I will share what one must be aware of as a mitigation effort enabling one to avoid such situations and to encourage others who may be suffering to speak up; extortion and fraud are an unpleasant surprise, accompanied by a swift and hostile takeover of people and estates. According to FBI reports, there were 92,371 elder fraud victims in America in 2021. And no one speaks up about this.
I'm publicly addressing this now as my aunt is no longer under the control and "care" of the "legal guardian," Sandra passed two years ago when the trust began to run low on funds. I thought the extortion and fraud had ended for my family when Sandra passed. I was wrong. Approximately $40K remains in the trust with a "trustee." The former "guardian" recently petitioned the courts requesting $35k for "unpaid fees" backdating to 2017. Could you afford not to collect on a $35,000 ($35K) invoice for five years if you lived in a rural agricultural area of central Florida where the minimum wage is $8.86 an hour? Unlikely.
The former "guardian's" petition is a continued effort of extortion and fraud; it is the drop of water that breaks the dam of my decade-long silence. I'm speaking out publicly as it will encourage others suffering in fear and shame to speak up and obtain assistance. I sat silent out of fear that the "guardian" living with my aunt would harm my aunt in retaliation if I spoke out or continued with legal action. I was able to take on Facebook and win for 14,000 people across four US states but could not protect my family from elder fraud and extortion.
Attached (unable to attach, see website link below) is the pending petition of $35,000 ($35k) for unfulfilled "fees" submitted to the courts, signed by the former "guardian" and her attorney to serve as an example of what the end of elder fraud experience looks like, two years after my aunt has passed.
In the coming weeks and months, I will continue to make public court records, financial statements, and how the "guardian" gained "legal" possession of my aunt, my grandmother, and my grandmother's $1,000,000 ($1M) estate while my grandmother was still alive, and very much so not in agreement with the situation.
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