Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The complaint includes the following information:
Jerry Berkowitz was diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized in June 2012. After his stay in the hospital, he was sent to a nursing home in Boynton Beach. Shortly after that transfer, he was referred to PL Firm for a consultation about Medicaid benefits.
Princella Lewis agreed to provide the Berkoqitzes with financial advice and retained attorney Glenn Miller to prepare documents for them to sign.
PL Firm persuaded Frances to hand over a $55,000 cashier's check to establish a trust, and to move all the couple's money to a single bank account. In addition, PL Firm sent her from bank to bank, directing her to obtain cashier's checks from several different ones and then deposit those funds into one single bank account held at SunTrust Bank. In total, there ended up being over $1 million in that account. Lewis and PL firm then convinced Frances to transfer those funds into a trust controlled by the firm, and refused to give the Berkowitzes an accounting or a copy of the documents they signed.
The couple is seeking the money returned, copies of the documents, treble damages for civil theft, civil conspiracy, conversion, unfair trade, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and unjust enrichment.
See Iulia Filip, Sick Old Man Says he Was Conned for $1M, Courthouse News Service, Apr. 2, 2013.