Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Trial of Court-Appointed Guardian Set to Begin

Court FightThe Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York has accused Raymond Alfred Jones of abusing his role as a fiduciary in two different cases. In both of those cases, Jones was a court-appointed guardian.

In the early 2000s, Mr. Jones was appointed to be the guardian for a Mr. Roy L. This person suffered a severe injury that caused him to become incapacitated. Mr. Roy L received a large wrongful life settlement in the amount of $684,700. As his guardian, Mr. Jones decided to purchase a house and retrofit the building to suit Mr. Roy L’s needs; however, he acted without the court’s approval. In fact, he would not receive the court’s approval until 19 months after the fact. While the house was being retrofitted, Mr. Jones had his ward and his mother Ms. Elaine DeJesus stay in the basement apartment of a building that belonged to one of his business associates. Even though Mr. Jones was given a rent allotment for $300 per month, Mr. Jones’ business associate charged them about $1,200 per month. It took two years before Mr. Roy L. could move into his unfinished home. The improvements were not completed at the time that Mr. Jones was removed from his position.

The civil court on this case held that Mr. Jones’ actions were equivalent to self-dealing. In addition, the court stated that his actions were often conducted at the expense of Mr. Roy L. The court ordered that he pay Mr. Roy L’s estate $501,425.67. 

See Charisma L. Miller, Esq., Former Court-Appointed Guardian Charged With Grand Larceny, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2012.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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