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Former attorney sentenced for embezzling $1.2M from late civil rights leader’s grandson (MS)

A former Flowood attorney has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for embezzling more than $1.2 million from the guardianship account of the grandson of the late civil rights leader Aaron Henry. Michael J. Brown, 56, was convicted of two counts of embezzlement in Rankin County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 40 years Keep Reading…

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Probate case halted for 2 weeks; Attorneys to crunch numbers (OH)

WARREN – Testimony in a Probate Court case was delayed while attorneys sift through financial records and await the arrival of more documents from financial institutions to help determine an accurate accounting of a local trust. Probate Court Judge Thomas A. Swift said in a court entry that the case of the estate of Rudolph Keep Reading…

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Grabbing the purse: Texas’ guardianship law leaves the elderly open to abuses from a cozy system

Dorothy Luck was enjoying the fruits of a lifetime of hard work: a well-cared-for house, a good-running Cadillac Deville, a million dollars in a bank account, another million in annuities, and a monthly income from investments and Social Security. A widow with no children or close relatives, she remains active and relatively healthy at 85. Keep Reading…

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NJ guardian laws leave Toms River man fighting to regain freedom

The Bill of Rights no longer applies to Ken Schmidt. He can’t vote, sign a lease, get married or open a bank account. Schmidt, 74, had many of his civil rights stripped away after he fell and hit his head outside his Toms River home in January 2012. A judge declared him to be mentally Keep Reading…

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Ex-cop’s claim to widow’s estate rejected (MA)

LAWRENCE — A state appeals court has rejected a retired Lawrence police officer’s claim on the estate of an elderly woman he befriended and allegedly stole from. William Hale, 77, a 33-year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department, said he was the rightful beneficiary of the will of Elizabeth Lacey, who died at age 89 Keep Reading…

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