March 6, 2017
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday that 54-year-old Santa Barbara resident Allyson Maura Cowell was found guilty of 52 theft related felony charges.
The charges include two counts of financial elder abuse, 25 counts of forgery, 24 counts of money laundering, and one count of grand theft.
“The jury also found true two special allegations that the amount of theft related to the financial elder abuse exceeded $200,000, and that the financial elder abuse, forgery, and money laundering were related felonies that caused a loss of over $500,000 to the victim,” said the District Attorney’s Office in a statement.
March 8, 2017
On Wednesday, the Grand Jury returned an indictment against April Parks, Mark Simmons, Gary Neal Taylor and Noel Palmer Simpson in a guardianship exploitation case that has been the focus of an ongoing investigation for activities ranging from 2011 through 2016.
The 123-page indictment explains how April Parks, owner of A Private Professional Guardian, LLC, her office manager, Mark Simmons, her husband, Gary Neal Taylor and her attorney, Noel Palmer Simpson, committed the crimes for which they were indicted. Those crimes include Racketeering (category B felony), Exploitation of an Older or Vulnerable Person (category B felony), Theft (category B and C felonies), Offering False Instrument for Filing or Record (category C felony) and Perjury (category D felony).
March 8, 2017
LAS VEGAS – A woman accused of victimizing elderly and dependent adults has been arrested it follows a grand jury indictment, identifying 130 victims.
District Attorney Steve Wolfson essentially called this a horrifying case. The alleged ringleader, April Parks, was a private, court-appointed guardian, someone who takes care of people who can’t take care of themselves.