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Summer hiatus ahead

July is here and so is the Estate of Denial® summer hiatus. A busy time is ahead so while new columns may be posted over the upcoming weeks, archiving probate abuse articles won’t resume until shortly after Labor Day. Hope everyone has a great and safe summer!

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Reader: Hruby killings similar to 1958 Kansas slayings (OK)

The Oct. 9 slayings of three members of the Hruby family in Duncan jogged one reader’s memory. The woman recalled the case of a Kansas college sophomore who gunned down his parents and sister on Thanksgiving Day in 1958 near Wolcott, Kansas. “Have you noticed the similarities between this case and the 1958 murders in Keep Reading…

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Hancock probate judge admits taking $64,000 from county (GA)

The day after resigning as Hancock County probate judge, Marva Rice admitted in federal court she stole nearly $64,000 in county funds, including $20,000 for her attorney fees. Thursday morning in Macon, Rice pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. According to court documents, Rice failed Keep Reading…

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Heirs lose fight over trustee’s $500,000 commission (WI)

It may have been a self-dealing conflict of interest for a trustee bank to sell life insurance policies and buy new ones from its own affiliate – and make a $512,000 commission – but it was expressly allowed by a trust set up for a Sheboygan multimillionaire, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The opinion, Keep Reading…

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Rita Hunter gets year and a day in federal prison (MO)

Rita Hunter, former Jasper County public administrator, was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to document fraud that illegally obtained federal benefits on behalf of wards of her office. U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple imposed the sentence in U.S. District Court and told Hunter to report Aug. Keep Reading…

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