Another Jon Norheim
Guardian Charged With Exploitation
Court Judge Charles Hoskin Issues Letter Replete With
Inaccuracies insulting Families of Exploited Elders
Judge Charles Hoskin
Guardianship Commissioner Jon Norheim
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve
November 17, 2014
LAS VEGAS - In July,
2014, appointed Clark County Guardianship Commissioner Jon Norheim ignored
testimony and evidence indicating financial exploitation by Helen Natko,
then awarded Natko full guardianship of the estate and person of 83 year
old Delford Mencarelli. Three months later, on October 24, 2014, Natko
was criminally charged for converting $37,057.53 from Mencarelli's account
to her own use.
Case No. 14F14465X
State of Nevada
vs. NATKO, HELEN
JC Department 3
NATKO, HELEN Paul J Adras, ESQ Retained
State of Nevada
State of Nevada
HELEN Statute Level Date
old/vuln pers, $5K+ 
This was the second
time Commissioner Norheim appointed guardianship to a person who would
later be charged with Exploiting Old/Vulnerable Persons. Jon Norheim was
appointed to his position by District Court Presiding Judge Charles Hoskin
who oversees his court.
In November 2009,
Commissioner Norheim awarded Jared E. Shafer's private fiduciary firm full
guardianship of the person and million dollar estate of then-90 year old
Guadalupe Olvera. Guardian Patience Bristol was employed by Shafer's
Professional Fiduciary Services of Nevada, Inc. (PFSN,
Inc.) and was charged with looking after Mr. Olvera. Shafer and Bristol
enjoyed full power of attorney over Mr. Olvera's estate until a California
Superior Court Judge put an end to their exploitation.
On May 26, 2014,
Bristol was convicted of exploiting the elderly, and is currently serving
3 - 8 years in the Nevada State Penitentiary. Jared Shafer has not yet
been charged with a crime.
and Natko guardians are just two examples of the many bad decisions Commissioner
Norheim made under the supervision of Judge Hoskin, decisions that resulted
in the exploitation of millions of dollars from senior citizens and disabled
persons living in Clark County, Nevada.
In regard to the
Delford Mencarelli case currently on Norheim's court docket, Mencarelli's
son in law Richard Black on October 14, 2014 wrote a letter to Norheim's
boss Judge Hoskin requesting that he conduct an investigation of alleged
wrongdoing in Norheim's court.
Richard Black's full
letter to Judge Hoskin: http://www.stevemiller4lasvegas.com/BlacksHoskin.C.Letter.10.14.pdf
his letter, Black stated: "Clark County
Family Court Guardian Commissioner is Hearing Master Jon Norheim, 52 (shown
on left with Ralph and Rick Rizzolo in photo taken by the late Buffalo
Jim Barrier). He was appointed by Judge Charles Hoskin,
and has served on the bench since March 2005. Jon Norheim is an attorney
and prior to becoming hearing master was employed by Patti and Sgro as
a senior associate and was primary counsel for convicted organized crime
racketeer Rick Rizzolo. Patti and Sgro is a Las Vegas based law firm
specializing in criminal defense and personal injury. After 10 years
on the bench and many questionable decisions regarding jurisprudence and
fiduciary decision making with regard to Clark County guardianships, you
would think a former organized crime defense lawyer's suitability to insure
justice for the vulnerable would be closely scrutinized. Commissioner Norheim
has demonstrated an extreme bias to keep high net worth elderly singles
in need of a guardian in the state of Nevada and under the care of the
private guardians he chooses.
Below is a list
of guardianship cases I have investigated where Commissioner Norheim permanently
denied capable family members guardianship, and awarded private guardians.
I have documented over $5.5 Million of wasted assets of 7 of the families
listed below in just the last 5 years with no additional services provided
to the ward due to Commissioner Norheim's decisions to assign private guardians."
Such an ex parte
communication would usually not receive an answer because most are considered
improper contact with a court, but Black's inquiry obviously hit a nerve
with Hoskin, and he sent this response in the middle of an ongoing case
Here is the full text of Judge Hoskin's
Quotes from Judge Hoskin's Investigation:
The defensive tone
of Judge Hoskin's reply and the words "replete with factual inaccuracies"
inspired INSIDE VEGAS to take a closer look at his findings.
"Mr. Black asserted
that Ms. Natko stole from the word, but evidence to make that finding was
The felony charges
against Ms. Natko completely contradict Judge Hoskin's findings.
"No further action.. has been initiated
to recoup any stolen funds."
The whereabouts of the over $500,000.00
missing from Christina Berger's account was questioned on May 22, 2013
in Norheim's court. This court video showing Patience Bristol's employer
Jared E. Shafer's reaction to the questions should have grabbed Judge Hoskin's
immediate attention, but Hoskin and Norheim chose to ignore all available
evidence of organized exploitation of Berger's assets:
Elyse Tyrell (left) is an associate of Jared Shafer (right). They are
involved in a political sign business that's run out of Shafer's PFSN office.
There may be a
reason behind the duo's interest in outdoor advertising, and she may
not have been in the Court by accident the day of Jason Hanson's hearing.
While she looked the other way, or just didn't care, the 24 year old cerebral
palsy victim lost his house and inheritance when they were converted with
Family Court approval into Jared Shafer's use. Here is Jason's story in
his own words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tgqmyKb8WI.
Judge Hoskin and Commissioner Norheim obviously
didn't care about Jason's well being. Based on Norheim and Hoskin's lack
of oversight, no one knows how much money Shafer, et. al. converted from
Jason's late-father's estate because no financial reports were required
by the Court.
Here is the response by Charles Pascal,
Ms. Dudeck's son in law: "Investigations
usually consist of contacting parties from both sides before arriving at
a conclusion regarding the surrounding facts. After reading the letter
to Mr. Rick Black written by Judge Charles Hoskin, I seriously doubt any
investigation on the part of Judge Hoskin actually took place. Did Judge
Hoskin contact attorneys who represented the families involved in the disputed
guardian cases? (No)! Did someone working on judge Hoskins
staff contact the family members to obtain their side of the story? (No)!
Did Judge Hoskin read the briefs submitted by attorneys representing both
It appears Judge
Hoskin decided to follow the verbiage supplied to him by the attorneys
who only represented the guardian side of the story.
Marcy DuDeck was
never kept in a van. The Pascals have never owned, rented or leased any
type of van. When Marcy arrived in California, she spent her first
night in a hotel with her daughter Heidi. The reason for the hotel
stay on the first evening in California was because she arrived too late
to be admitted at Sunrise Senior Assisted living in Playa Vista.
Mrs. DuDecks admission occurred the next morning.
When Heidi brought
Marcy to California, no court order had been issued to stop her from leaving
Nevada. Documentation of this case in 2006 verifies this fact.
While under Shafer's guardianship, Marcy asked to be removed from her residence
at Chancellor Gardens in Las Vegas after it was found to have 108 Nevada
State Board of Health violations. Marcy had no toilet paper,
hadn't been bathed, and her weight was 114 pounds. Norheim refused
to take any action, stating the fact that Heidi was an out of state resident
and this would legally preclude her from having any input regarding the
living conditions of her mother. All of these events failed to appear in
Judge Hoskins report to Mr. Black regarding our case. The Hoskin
investigation is a Matrix version of history complete with a virtual white
wash of all unpleasant facts.
The person who
kidnapped Marcy DuDeck against her will was Lance DuDeck, Marcys son.
Mrs. DuDeck was removed against an existing Nevada court order, which stated
she was to remain at Sunrise for the rest of her life. This outcome was
documented in the evidentiary hearing held on May 1, 2007. Lance
DuDeck received no penalty for violating a Nevada court order. Lance
DuDeck received the bulk of Marcy's estate. Marcy was in excellent
medical health before she was kidnapped. A medical report from Dr.
David Weiss will confirm the fact she weighed 134 pounds before being kidnapped
from California. At the time of her death after being transported
to Nevada, Marcys weight was 122 pounds. The medical report listed the
cause of her death as dehydration. In California, Marcy was encouraged
to drink water. In Nevada no one was available to encourage her.
Marcy was frail, but this condition occurred in Nevada under Shafer's guardianship,
and not in California.
from the IRS were made to Heidi Pascal to determine why taxes hadn't been
paid on Marcys estate, which prompted Heidi to challenge Nevada Family
Court's appointment of Jared Shafer. Mr. Shafers refusal to answer
our questions regarding the IRS tax issues only added additional fuel to
We have a check
in the amount of $20,000, made out to Jared Shafer, which was signed by
Marcy DuDeck one year after she was declared to be not competent by Nevada's
Elder Protective Services. This check was cashed by Jared Shafer
and treated by the courts and banks as if Marcy actually signed this check.
The courts ignored
the fact Marcy was removed from her home because Lance DuDeck tested positive
for meth. The test for meth was documented in our case. The Nevada
courts continued to treat Heidi as an outsider. Heidi was forced
to close the case without any accounting by Jared Shafer
Judge Hoskin is
either living on another planet or is badly misinformed."
exploitation of WW2 hero Guadalupe Olvera (left) has been widely
reported. Evidently, Judge Hoskin has never reviewed media coverage
of Olvera's fight to return to his family in California; or to recover
over $420,000.00 bled from his trust account while he was a "ward" of PFSB,
Inc.. Mr. Olvera, now 95, is presently living a happy and healthy life
with his family in Santa Cruz, County, and is busy pursuing a Federal
Racketeering lawsuit against Jared Shafer and his crew. Here
is his daughter Rebecca Schultz' response to Judge Hoskin's investigation:
As victims, we
are astounded by the inaccuracies and fabrication put forth in Mr. Hoskins
letter to Mr. Black, which adds insult to injury. Mr. Hoskin has
NEVER spoken to my father or me and has only been told one side of the
story, which came from the persons who violated my father's rights and
financially exploited him. Here are just a few inaccuracies stated by Mr.
The 1st exploiter of my father was not a caregiver but the receptionist
at Sun City Anthem's Community Center, Cathy Elliott. Little did we know
when Shafer and Tyrell removed her that dad was going into the hands of
a superior exploiter! Mr. Shafer DID NOT seek prosecution of Ms. Elliott
as I was told, even though the police assisted in her removal from my father's
I DID NOT hire Mr. Shafer as a permanent guardian. Mr. Shafer sent me to
attorney Elyse Tyrell, assuring me she would help. I paid her $3700 only
to have her later tell me, I work for Jared. She said the guardianship
would be temporary. Exhibit
Hoskin approved of Norheim allowing Shafer to violate NRS Chapter 160 Veterans
Guardianship Uniform Act, which states if a guardian has more than one
veteran as a ward, he may not have more than a total of 5 wards. We have
the videos from these hearings as well as ward lists. Exhibit
3 and Exhibit
My father was not abducted. He left of his own volition, having asked
my husband and I to bring him back to CA. There was no court order limiting
his travel out of the area. He told the court he was going to CA. My father
was fully cognizant of his situation. The hearing of 9-8-10 demonstrates
Norheim's reluctance to allow my father to speak at his own hearing!
5 and 6.
My father did not have dementia nor was he suffering from loss of memory
and cognitive functioning as Mr. Hoskin statedso he thinks he's a medical
professional now? Dr. Sherk evaluated my father in 2007 and found he had
the capacity to amend or change and amend his trust and/or will and,
in her opinion he does not require a guardianship. Once back in CA, dad
was again deemed competent by Stephen Aaron, M.D., Stanley G. Einhorn,
Ph.D. and the VA, contrary to what Norheim's court kept stating in order
to prevent my father from expressing his wishes and attending court. Mr.
Shafer and Norheim elected to IGNORE Sherks report and REFUSED to acknowledge
CA reports. Exhibit
7 and Exhibit
My father NEVER lived in Boulder City nor has he ever lived in a VA facility.
During his time in NV under Shafers guardianship, my father lived the
entire time in his home in Henderson with caregivers from Shafers Keep
You Company service.
Dr. Sherk is a M.D. with a J.D. in law but she is NOT licensed to practice
law, therefore she is not an attorney as stated by Mr. Hoskin.
This can be verified by a search of her name at the NV State Bar: http://www.nvbar.org/find-a-lawyer
Shafer DID NOT cooperate with terminating the guardianship in NV after
we created a conservatorship as per his demand in CA. It took numerous
requests from our attorney and fiduciary to have the guardianship dissolved
and Wells Fargo refused to give up control over the Trust until our attorney
sent a demand letter to their legal department. All parties in NV fought
tooth and nail to hang on to dad's estate, even though he had been living
in CA well over 2 years. Shafer kept saying he was the guardian yet he
provided NO services or money to my father at all; in fact he didn't even
call one time to ask how he was doing. For Shafer, it was all about keeping
dad's money and home, and Norheim and Hoskin backed Shafer 100%."
to see court video of 91 year old WW2 hero plead to be allowed to spend
his final days with family in California. Private Guardian Jared E. Shafer
signals his displeasure to Family Court Judge Jon Norheim who refused to
permit senior to leave LV. Family followed patriarch's orders and moved
him to Santa Cruz County while funds were bled from his account in Nevada
to pay Shafer's lawyers to fight for his return.
MORE INFORMATION on Olvera case:
The strange case of Leann Goorjian inspired
me to write "Grave
Robbery Under Color Of Law."
Three years before Leann died on February
24, 2008 leaving a multi-million dollar fortune, she was placed into the
guardianship of Jared E. Shafer. That was in 2005 when she was deemed a
"vulnerable person." Since her death, Judge Hoskin has not required Shafer
to relinquish guardianship over her estate, and Shafer continues draining
it of hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
A total of $432,043.00 was converted from
Leann's account after her death and paid to Shafer in "fees" starting with
his first self-payment of $294,543.00 on August 4, 2009, eighteen months
after Leann passed away, and ending with two payments of $12,500.00 each,
one on March 28, 2013, and another on April 19, 2013, again for "fees."
This does not include tens of thousands of dollars Shafer paid over the
five year period to his personal attorneys, accountants, business partners,
and other cronies for their "services" to the deceased woman.
Evidently, Judge Hoskin does not find this
to be unusual.
You be the judge as to who is "replete
with factual inaccuracies."
Following years of elder exploitation under
color of law, THE VEGAS VOICE, a local weekly newspaper has spotlighted
the Achilles heel that allows so many such cases to fall through the cracks
each year. The newspaper has identified the Nevada law that prohibits relatives
who live outside Nevada from becoming guardians of their loved ones residing
in Nevada, and enlisted the help of the Nevada Legislature to abolish NRS
159.059 at this winter's legislative session. The present law per
1 states: "The
venue for the appointment of a guardian when the ward's home state is this
State must be (a) The the county where the proposed ward resides."
This arbitrary law prohibits family members
living outside Nevada from caring for the personal and financial needs
of their loved one - a terrible law designed to enrich Nevada private guardians
and deny the human rights of well to do elderly or disabled persons. (Poor
people are not provided court appointed guardians.)
SIGN ON LINE: http://www.thevegasvoice.net/guardianship-petition.html
People like Judge Hoskin, Commissioner
Norheim, Patience Bristol, Elyse Tyrell, and Jared E. Shafer fought long
and hard to put NRS
159.059 into law, and it's expected that they (with the absence of
Bristol who is in prison) will vigorously oppose any effort to abolish
their profitable law.
The law must be changed, or seniors should
be warned about the perils of retiring in our state. Keep in mind that
Shafer and Tyrell may be owed favors from legislators they helped get elected
with their billboards, so PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION no matter where you
Let Nevada politicians know they are being
watched, and immeidate action is required before any more inheritances
can be stolen.