Dysfunction At The California Professional Fiduciaries Bureau

The California Professional Fiduciaries Bureau (“DCAPFB”) has recently released, through its advisory committee, a 2013 Strategic Planning Session with attachments, which indicates great dysfunction within the DCAPFB, and which also includes a 2013 DCAPFB Environmental Scan Analysis which can be seen at, http://www.fiduciary.ca.gov/about_us/20130801_sps_materials.pdf.

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Former Probate Judge Mark Belinky Responds To His Resignation

The JudgeMahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky has resigned from the bench amid an investigation into suspected corruption.  21 News Reporter Michelle Nicks spoke with Judge Belinky after he issued his resignation.  She reports Belinky did return her phone call and answered some of her questions about his resignation.

Judge Belinky said ”I’m trying to approach my situation in the best interest of my family and myself.  I am concerned about my staff and I am concerned about the court.  I have spent 35 years working in Probate Court or being the judge of the court. It takes tremendous experience to run it. I thank the thousands of people who allowed me to help them there. It was an honor. The public overwhelmingly elected me to be the judge. I took that very seriously. I personally was proud to greet and wait on the public as they came to my office.” Continue reading
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One Third of Skilled Nursing Patients Harmed in Treatment

One Third of skilled nursing patients suffered a medication error, infection or some other type of harm related to their treatment, according to a government report released today that underscores the widespread nature of the country’s patient harm problem.

Doctors who reviewed the patients’ records determined that  59 percent of the errors and injuries were preventable.   More than half of those harmed had to be readmitted to the hospital at an estimated cost of $208 million for the month studied — about 2 percent of Medicare’s total inpatient spending.
Trapped Wards

Patient safety experts told ProPublica they were alarmed because the frequency of people harmed under skilled nursing care exceeds that of hospitals, where medical errors receive the most attention.  Continue reading

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16.2 Million Diverted From Trusts By Live-In Boy Friend

On December 3, 2013, California Fiduciary Christine M. Blackhouse, License Number 263, was presented, by the California Fiduciaries Bureau, with accusations of unprofessional conduct, willful violation of duty, incompetence, and gross negligence.  To date the Department of Consumer Affairs, Professional Fiduciaries Bureau has yet to post an update with regards to its allegations against California Fiduciary Christine M. Blackhouse.Theft 2

Beginning approximately in 2007 and continuing until approximately 2012,  Christine M. Blackhouse’s longtime live-in boyfriend, Leo “Josh” Kennedy, allegedly diverted approximately 16.2 million dollars from 37 of Christine M. Blackhouse’s client accounts that she managed as a trustee and professional fiduciary. Continue reading

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California Agape Mission House Sued for Allegedly Abusing and Punishing Residents

Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer has filed a lawsuit against two assisted-care facilities for allegedly abusing their disabled patients in “deplorable, overcrowded and substandard living conditions.”

At the behest of Feuer’s office, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Friday also appointed a receiver to immediately begin relocating those being cared for at the two facilities with the assistance of state and county officials. Continue reading
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Georgia: Suspects Sentenced For Elder Cruelty And Exploitation

A Chatham County Superior Court Judge has sentenced a Garden City woman and man for cruelty and exploitation of the woman’s 68-year-old mother.

Mary Daphne Wiggins, 48, and Michael Victor Nesmith, 52, deprived Wiggins’ mother, Caroline Louise Thomas, of access to food and water and withheld her medications between June 1 and June 26, 2012, according to ADA and Elder Abuse Prosecutor Shalena Cook Jones.  Continue reading

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