Estate of Denial news clips (4/17/17)

Woman enters guilty plea in guardianship abuse case (NV)


April 5, 2017

LAS VEGAS – A woman accused of stealing nearly $40,000 from the trust account of a person she was legally responsible for has pleaded guilty to one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person.

Susan Roussell was the legal guardian of Jason Hanson from the time he was 16 until he turned 18 and also was appointed trustee of his special needs trust account after he turned 18. Hanson is confined to a wheelchair and the account was an inheritance established by his grandmother.


Guilty Plea Entered In Guardianship Abuse Case (NV)

CBS Las Vegas

April 5, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – They’re supposed to be responsible for taking care of people with special needs. One person is accused of doing the unthinkable and taking advantage of a special needs person.

Susan Rousselle appeared in court on Tuesday and entered a guilty plea on one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person for her criminal mishandling of the special needs trust account of Jason Hanson. The charge of exploitation of a vulnerable person is a category B felony, which is a probational offense that carries a possible 2 to 10 year prison sentence.


Shades of gray complicate the battle against elder abuse (CA)

Ventura County Star

April 7, 2017

As an entertainer, Mickey Rooney loved to leave ‘em laughing. But the Hollywood legend’s final act played out more like a tragedy — marred by the financial elder abuse he divulged in testimony before Congress.

A longtime Thousand Oaks resident, Rooney died in April three years ago at age 93. Although the original teen idol made more than 300 films and reportedly was pulling down $65,000 a week during the three-year Broadway run of “Sugar Babies” in the early 1980s, his net worth at his death totaled $18,000.