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Recently learned & documented welfare fraud initiated in 19 85 when this individual had an accident resulting in traumatic rain injury. His mother petitioned for guardianship which was granted, then she reported his estate at less than $5,000 and claimed he had annual income of less than $10,000.
Factually, his estate was well over that reported, she applied & rec'd county support for room and board. As his guardian she failed to report an annual guardian report for 22 of the 23 years she was guardian. She also failed to file a 'termination or final report'.
During the time she was guardian over this protected adult, she sold most of his assets without approval of the protected adult or the court.
As we learned of this in Dec 2014, can she be held liable for her false inputs to the court and applications for "benefits'?
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Hi, my name is ***** ***** I thank you for your inquiry. I have been practicing SS law full time for 10+ years and look forward to assisting you.
I am so sorry for what has transpired these many years ago.
Unfortunately, most crimes (aside from murder, for instance) are attached to a statute of limitations (SOL) - both by criminal courts and by civil courts, which means that the alleged wrongdoer can not be charged after a certain amount of time, based on the particular crime a DA would otherwise wish to charge her with. (Different crimes have different SOLs, as due basic levels, such as felonies and misdemeanors.) Fraud of 30 years ago, would typically, likely be too old to either press charges or file a civil complaint. The main reason for the SOL is because Old cases typically lack the admissible evidence that could create enough probably cause, much less win at trial - criminal trials typically demand proof "beyond a reasonable doubt" - a very high standard of proof, admissable proof (and great proof, if it doesn't meet the rules of "admissible-ness", doesn't count. But while 30 years is likely too long ago, you can't be sure until you have a DA who finds a code section the perp can be charged with that does not have a shorter SOL.
Fortunately, the agency that picks guardianship, as well as the SSA that picks Representative Payees, for those than can not handle their own moneys, is not subject to these SOLs, nor the standard rules for admissible evidence, and is allowed to largely go on discretion. This has possibly helped you get the dishonest rep/guardian removed, so things may be better from here on in.
But to repeat, I do think it a difficult challenge to find a criminal code section or civil action that is not defeated by the Statute of Limitations, unfortunately. I wish it were different for your friend, and I am thankful that he has you in his court. I am from a family of veterans and we revere our fellow veterans, and their sacrifices made for our freedoms.
I hope this helps! My goal is to provide you with excellent and accurate service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back, I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me "excellent" when you are done. I look forward to assisting you in the future, should you have legal questions. Be sure to start future posts with "To Stephanie O Joy Esq., ONLY" if you want me to specifically answer it.
Sincerely, ***** ***** Joy, Esq.
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