Robbery Under Color Of Law!
Did "Guardian" Jared E.
Shafer sacrifice Patience Bristol to
save himself? Documents
show Shafer blew the whistle
on his protégé'
ripping off one of his wealthiest wards
Additional documents show
Shafer is still bleeding the
assets of a millionaire
ward paying himself a total of
$432,043.00 in fees five
years after ward's death
"Guardian" Jared Shafer
"Guardian" Patience Bristol
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
November 18, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Talk about the pot calling
the kettle black, private guardian Jared E. Shafer's attractive protégé'
Bristol is sitting in a cell at the Clark County Detention Center awaiting
trial while her mentor may be breathing a sigh of relief allegedly knowing
his cooperation with authorities may exonerate him from being prosecuted
for many of the same crimes Bristol is accused of committing against the
elderly or vulnerable.
On pages of the following confidential
32 page fax obtained by INSIDE VEGAS, Shafer informs another of his
protégés, Clark County Public Guardian Kathleen A. Buchanan,
that "Guardian" Patience Bristol has not provided receipts, explanations,
or backup to validate transactions Bristol made on behalf of ward Jean
Dutton whose fortune Bristol and Shafer were responsible for overseeing.
In his incriminating fax Shafer includes eighteen checks Bristol wrote
on Shafer's Professional Fiduciary Services of Nevada, Inc. (PFSN)
checking account that he pretends to know nothing about:
Examples of checks cashed by Bristol for ward's "clothes," "outings,"
and "personal needs"
Bristol cashed eighteen bogus checks drawn
in the name of ward Jean Dutton from Shafer's PFSN, Inc. checking account
between September 4 and December 28, 2012 totaling $12,850.00. If Shafer
truly knew nothing about these transactions, he is also in need of a guardian!
As Dutton's co-fiduciary, Shafer is as responsible as Bristol for protecting
a ward's assets.
Patience Bristol is in custody charged
with twenty felony counts of bilking the elderly and vulnerable. Her Preliminary
Hearing is scheduled for November 25.
Jared Shafer has not (yet) been charged
with a crime.
were told that Mr. Shafer is an attorney, and he's looking out for Leann's
son's best interest."
- Peccole family member
have one really rich ward whose been dead for over five years." - Patience
Bristol, PFSN, Inc.
Shafer's deceased-current ward, Leann Marie Peccole Goorjian (1957 - 2008)
Leann Goorjian lived to be only 51. She
was the daughter of Wanda
Lamb Peccole and William "Bill" Peccole. Leann's mother was the sister
of former Nevada State
Senator Floyd Lamb, Clark
County Commissioner Darwin Lamb (portrayed in the movie Casino),
and legendary former Clark
County Sheriff Ralph Lamb. Leann married Greg
Goorgian and together had two sons, Gavin and Camden, now in their
late twenties and working for the family business Peccole
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, Shafer has not been required to relinquish
guardianship over her estate, and continues to this date draining it of
hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
Even though Leann has two adult sons who
are her natural heirs, Shafer also took possession of her million dollar
home at 9409 Queen Charlotte Drive in Henderson.
Below is one "Custom Transaction Detail
Report" out of fifty-six obtained by INSIDE VEGAS that detail deposits
and expenditures Shafer made between 2009 and 2013 on behalf of the deceased
The reports include a total of $432,043.00
Shafer paid to himself 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.
Shafer continued writing checks on Leann's
account through July 16, 2013 including an additional $137,500.00 to himself
for additional "fees." I have the hardcopy, and have offered to share it
with authorities or Leann's family members.
Here is the Quitclaim Deed where Shafer
took possession of Leann's house:
Here are the rules and laws under which
guardians are supposed to operate:
FOR GUARDIANS, compiled and edited by the Guardianship Office, Clark
County, Nevada states:
OF THE GUARDIAN OF THE ESTATE: As guardian of the estate, you will manage
and use your ward's property primarily for his or her benefit. Your
secondary consideration will be the benefit of your ward's legal dependents
(such as a spouse or minor children).
Model Code of Ethics for Guardians published by the National
Guardianship Association states:
5 - Management of the Estate:
GUARDIAN OF THE ESTATE SHALL PROVIDE COMPETENT MANAGEMENT OF THE PROPERTY
AND INCOME OF THE ESTATE. IN THE DISCHARGE OF THIS DUTY, THE GUARDIAN SHALL
EXERCISE INTELLIGENCE, PRUDENCE AND DILIGENCE AND AVOID ANY SELF-INTEREST.
5.5 - There shall be no self-interest in the management of the estate
by the guardian; the guardian shall exercise caution to avoid even
the appearance of self-interest.
159.193 Winding up affairs:
guardian of the estate is entitled to retain possession of the ward's
property already in the control of the guardian and is authorized to
perform the duties of the guardian to wind up the affairs of the guardianship:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b), (c) or (d), for
not more than 180 days or a period that is reasonable
and necessary as determined by the court after the termination of
(b) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (d), for not more than 90
days after the date of the appointment of a personal representative of
the estate of a deceased ward;
(c) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (d), for not more than 90
days after the date of the appointment of a successor trustee of a trust
of the deceased ward and upon request by the trustee; or
(d) Upon approval of the court, for more than 180 days or 90 days,
as applicable, if the guardian is awaiting certification from the appropriate
authority acknowledging that the guardian has no further liability for
taxes on the estate.
Could it be more clear?
Leann Goorjian died
in 2008. According to Nevada
Revised Statute 159.193, Shafer had "not more than 180 days" to wind
up her affairs.
What Clark County
Family Court Judge is allowing him to continue Leann's "guardianship" postmortem
for over five years - or longer if not stopped? Most likely Guardianship
Commissioner Jon Norheim or Judge
William O. Voy. Both jurists have been observed doing favors
for Shafer in the past. How else could this travesty be allowed to
drag on for so long in direct violation of Nevada law?
And why haven't Leann's heirs demanded
a termination of the exploitation?
When I first learned of this unending "guardianship,"
I contacted a member of the Peccole family. She said that Leann and Greg's
sons were told that Shafer is an attorney and that he has their best interests
Shafer is not an attorney!
The only record I could find regarding his educational background is that
he's a 1961 graduate of Las Vegas High School.
Unfortunately, the story of Leann Goorjian
is not the first time Shafer, et. al. have manipulated money from elderly
or vulnerable people. On February 8, 2008, the SEC filed a civil action
against him and others for having "fraudulently offered and sold approximately
$180 million in unregistered notes to more than 800 investors, many of
whom were senior citizens." Shafer and others were accused of operating
Scheme "in which investor funds were used, among other things, to pay
promised returns to earlier investors and for family living expenses."
Had he not returned the money to his wards, he probably would have been
prosecuted and convicted.
Fifty years ago, I was the afternoon DJ
at a radio station located in the window of the Bank of Nevada on Water
Street in Henderson. Next to the station was the small office of Peccole
Insurance Agency. Each day when Bill Peccole visited the bank, he would
wave at me through the window. Everyone in Henderson liked and respected
Bill. Not known at the time was that for decades Bill used his savings
to buy thousands of acres of raw land in the Las Vegas valley for a few
hundred dollars per acre, the basis of his family's present wealth and
the inheritance he bequest his daughter Leann. Having known and respected
Bill and members of the Lamb family, I feel obligated to try to put an
end to a robbery of a portion of this pioneer family's hard earned wealth.
I first attempted to inform the Goorjian
family of the documented information I have in my possession. That was
several weeks ago, and I'm still awaiting their call. In the meantime,
I contacted Greg Goorjian's attorney Gus Flangas, and he forwarded my concerns
to his client along with the question, "Why is Jared Shafer still controlling
I also posed this question to the two detectives
with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Organized Crime and Intelligence
Unit who investigated Patience Bristol. I don't expect them to tell me
whether they have included Shafer in their investigation, or possibly given
him a pass for allegedly ratting on Bristol.
There's something missing in this story,
and I do not wish to embarrass a wonderful family, but unless Leann's sons
are oblivious to this obvious grave robbery under color of law, or there's
an arrangement I'm not aware of, Gavin and Camden Goorjian need to claim
what is rightfully theirs and put an end to Shafer's unending "guardianship"
of their late mother.
If they don't need the money, they can
donate it to charity, or a non-profit such as the National
Association to Stop Guardian Abuse, instead of to Shafer, et. al.
In my opinion, for a prominent family and
local authorities to sit back and do nothing and allow a "guardian" to
steal $432,043.00 in "fees," encourages future exploitation of elderly
and vulnerable people in Clark County. The sons of the late Leann Goorjain
have the moral responsibility to take immediate action.
MORE INFORMATION on "guardian" Jared Shafer:
MORE INFORMATION on "guardian" Patience