| Home | Books and Gifts | Photo Album | Mob Busters | Mafia Site Search |
Inside Vegas - Steve Miller

Steve Miller is a former Las Vegas City Councilman. In 1991, the readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal voted him the "Most Effective Public Official" in Southern Nevada. Visit his website at:

Las Vegas "guardian" Jared E. Shafer
sued for "embezzling" $420,000.00
from 95 year old former "ward"

Federal Racketeering lawsuit filed on August 8

"Shafer and the other Defendants herein are responsible for embezzling, taking
under wrongful pretenses and otherwise fraudulently or wrongfully diminishing
the value of Olvera's and the Trust's assets in an amount to be proved at trial,
but in excess of $420,000.00."

"Shafer embezzled funds from the bank accounts of the Guardianship Estate
of Guadalupe Olvera, by submitting false or inflated invoices for payment
and by taking possession of social security and pension funds without
rendering an accounting of how those funds were kept and utilized."

"By Defendants' multiple fraudulent acts of embezzlement of funds and
receiving possession of money in excess of $250.00, Defendants
committed predicated racketeering acts."

"Upon information and belief, many of the reimbursements paid by the
Guardianship, Estate and/or Trust benefiting Guadalupe Olvera to PFSN
were for charges made to the personal credit card(s) of Jared E. Shafer."

"Upon information and belief, the Guardianship was charged for
expenses completely unrelated to Plaintiffs well being and care."

  Private "guardian" Jared E. Shafer     Guadalupe Olvera and daughter Rebecca Schultz

August 11, 2014

LAS VEGAS - World War 2 hero Guadalupe Olvera was discharged from the United States military in 1949 after two tours of duty, one in the Army, another in the Air Force. For the next 70 years, Olvera remained a soldier at heart.

On Friday, August 8, 2014, attorney Brian Boggess on behalf of Guadalupe Olvera filed a comprehensive 15 page federal racketeering (RICO) lawsuit against Las Vegas for-hire guardian Jared E. Shafer; his company Professional Fiduciary Services of Nevada, Inc. (PFSN); Shafer's employees Amy Deittrick and Patience Bristol; Wells Fargo Bank and its trust officers Eve Mills and Susan Bull; the Center for Guardianship Certification, Inc.; and Sun City Anthem Community Association, Inc. and their employee Cathy Elliot.

Olvera's problems began in November 2009 when his wife Carmela passed away, and he was deemed a ward of the Nevada court because of physical disabilities he suffered in the war including an almost complete loss of hearing.

According to Olvera's daughter Rebecca Schultz, "Cathy Elliot had kidnapped my father from his Sun City Anthem home so I couldn't see him. That caused me to contact the Guardianship Commissioner's office for help. A woman answering the phone for Jon Norheim referred me directly to Jared Shafer, giving me his unlisted home phone number. Shafer then referred me to his friend and attorney Elyse Tyrell, who had me sign temporary papers making Shafer guardian to get rid of the exploiter Elliott. Everything Tyrell told me was one big fat lie, and as soon as Shafer was temporary guardian, Tyrell told me she worked for Jared, even though I had paid her to help me."

Schultz continued; After Shafer and Tyrell removed my father from Cathy Elliot, I found it very disturbing that neither Shafer nor Tyrell did anything to pursue charges against Elliot or to complain to Sun City Anthem, given the fact that Tyrell stated to my husband and I that she had no doubt Elliot was an exploiter.

The temporary nature of the guardianship dragged on for 10 months during which time Olvera longed to return to his home in Santa Cruz County, California to live the rest of his life with his loving family. But moving away from Nevada became nearly impossible because of objections launched by Shafer, a "Nationally Certified Guardian," who at the time was bleeding Olvera's assets and did not want the flow of cash to cease as would happen if the "ward" moved to another state.

Olvera's family hired Las Vegas attorney Brian Boggess to try to liberate their patriarch.  On September 8, 2010, Mr. Olvera testified in Family Court stating: "I'm going to go to California no matter what! I'm not going to live here. I don't need that man either. I don't need Jared (Shafer)."

Guardianship Commissioner Norheim ignored his plea, and ordered Olvera to remain isolated and confined to his half million dollar 3,000 square foot Henderson house on a hill overlooking Las Vegas, a town where he had no family or friends.

Realizing he was being exploited, Olvera reverted to his military training and issued orders to his family to immediately remove him from Jared Shafer's custody, and return him to Santa Cruz County on the Central California coast. His family complied with his wishes, but after reinstating his California citizenship, Shafer still refused to relinquish control of Olvera's estate. That's when Olvera's War began.

Learning of Olvera's departure, Jared Shafer ordered Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin to issue a Bench Warrant for the arrest of Olvera's only child Rebecca Schultz, claiming: "Ms. Schultz kidnapped Mr. Olvera during the night and brought him to California."  Judge Hoskin dutifully complied, and a three year legal battle to restore Olvera's civil rights ensued, while Shafer retained control of Olvera's assets and drained his bank accounts to pay his high priced lawyers at Solomon Dwiggins & Freer to fight for Olvera's return to Nevada.

During the three year battle, Shafer also hired the Grunsky Law Firm in Watsonville, California to attempt to transfer Rebecca Shultz' bench warrant to CA without success since it wasn't for a felony, but merely a misdemeanor contempt of court warrant. Shafer paid Grunsky over $12,000.00 from Olvera's trust to attempt this fruitless endeavor.


But Guadalupe Olvera had already been warmly welcomed back to his community, and soon became a local celebrity after being honored by the VFW as one of the oldest living veterans in California.   However, against all odds, at 95 years old he was about to enlist in the second war of his lifetime, not in the military, but a fight to the death to restore his civil rights and dignity.

During his first few years back home, Olvera was forced to hire attorneys in Nevada and California to fight Shafer and his henchmen.  Meanwhile, Shafer with the cooperation of Wells Fargo Bank trust officers Eve Mills and Susan Bull continued to bleed Olvera's trust to pay attorneys in Nevada to try to force him back to Las Vegas so PSFN could maintain control over his remaining assets including his valuable Sun City Anthem home.

Shafer also demanded Olvera's two California-earned carpenter pensions be given to him, which caused the Carpenter Trust Corporations to file a federal lawsuit over who should receive the funds. This cost Olvera nearly $50,000.00 more from his assets to pay California attorneys to fight Shafer's demands.

Totally fed up, on December 3, 2011, Mr. Olvera's daughter Rebecca authored a six page formal complaint to Nevada Attorney General Catherine-Cortez Masto to document that her elderly father was being exploited by his court appointed guardian, and ask that Olvera be released into his family's care in California. Cortez-Masto refused to take action.

Then on January 18, 2012, Rebecca turned to the Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) for help. The national accrediting agency also refused her request.

The expensive court battles continued until August 23, 2013 when California Superior Court Judge Paul Marigonda ruled: "Petitioner's condition having improved and stabilized in his new home environment with his immediate family, and being able to manage his personal and financial affairs, the court orders termination of the Conservatorship."

Jared Shafer was furious! This was the first time one of his "guardianships" was terminated against his wishes. Because of the bad publicity generated by Mr. Olvera's battle, Shafer sued Rebecca Schultz for defamation in Nevada State Court. He also sued Charles Pascal, the blind and indigent son-in-law of another of his PFSN wards, the late Marcy Dudeck, for allegedly conspiring with Schultz to slander his name and professional reputation. More on this later.

During her battle to free her dad, Rebecca Schultz learned a lot about Nevada politics.

Wondering why Nevada's Attorney General casually sloughed off her documented six page formal complaint, Schultz learned that Nevada A.G Cortez-Masto's late father, then-Clark County Commissioner Manny Cortez, was a close personal friend of Shafer and helped appoint him to his first public position with Clark County. Prior to that appointment, Shafer was an executive with ROM AMER PHARMACEUTICALS LTD., a company that drew the attention of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for "Proposed Sale of Unregistered Securities by Individuals." The company peddled a Romanian made cure-all called "Gerovital H3" mainly to senior citizens promising it was an effective anti-aging treatment and antidepressant

While Shafer was running Rom-Amer in Las Vegas, he had his first brush with federal authorities. The SEC on March 25, 1977 announced "TRADING SUSPENDED IN ROM-AMER PHARMACEUTICALS, LTD."

The SEC Press Release stated: "suspension of exchange and over-the-counter trading in the securities of Rom Amer Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (Rom-Amer), a California corporation located in Las Vegas, Nevada." "The Commission has been advised that, although a bill has been passed by the Nevada State Assembly to authorize the prescription and sale of the company's antidepressant drug known as Gerovital H3 in the State of Nevada, no insurance can be given that the bill will be enacted into law."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Consumer magazine wrote: "No health claims for Gerovital have been substantiated, and FDA considers it an unapproved new drug. It has caused low blood pressure, respiratory difficulties, and convulsions in some users."

After Shafer left Rom-Amer to become Clark County Public Guardian, the FDA banned Gerovital H3 from interstate commerce as an unapproved injectable drug and prohibited its importation.

So much for Shafer's quest to help senior citizens fight aging and depression!

But the Rom-Amer, SEC skirmish was not Shafer's last brush with federal authorities over peddling unregistered securities without a license mainly to senior citizens.

In 2009, Shafer, now in private practice, narrowly avoided SEC criminal prosecution by returning money he "fraudulently obtained from unknowing senior citizens to invest in a Ponzi scheme." The funds of PFSN wards were being used without the ward's knowledge or consent to "pay promised returns to earlier investors and for family living expenses."

Shafer was forced to return his fraudulently obtained commissions, interest payments and principal, and for doing so, was not charged with a crime.

BACKGROUND on Shafer's second brush with the SEC::

As I mentioned earlier, on January 18, 2012, after being shirked by the Nevada Attorney General, Rebecca Schultz filed another formal complaint against Shafer and PFSN, Inc., this time with the Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC), the national non-profit organization that certifies private guardians. After nothing happened, Schultz discovered that the organization that certified Shafer and his protégé Patience Bristol (now serving 3-8 years in Nevada State Penitentiary for exploiting the elderly) has little or no credibility per this report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office entitled "Cases of Financial Exploitation, Neglect, and Abuse of Seniors:"

Government Accountability Office report on Center for Guardianship Certification

From page 30 of the report:

Nevada require(s) certain guardians to obtain certification through the Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC), a private nonprofit that offers national guardian certification. We submitted applications to the organization using two fictitious identities with driver's licenses from Virginia. We also listed fake educational and professional backgrounds for our applicants, which the certifying organization did not verify  (emphasis added). For example, one applicant claimed to have a law degree and almost 3 years experience as a guardian, while the other claimed 3 years of experience as a guardian at a nonexistent guardianship firm. Both applicants studied for and passed the National Certified Guardian Examination, which covers guardianship ethical principles and best practices. After the exam, a proctor asked to see the photo identifications of our fictitious applicants, but failed to recognize them as bogus driver's licenses. Once we passed the test, the names of our fictitious applicants were listed on the organization's website as nationally certified guardians.Passing the national exam is the sole requirement to be a certified guardian in Illinois and Nevada. Officials in both states told us that local courts do not conduct background or credit checks, indicating that each of the two fictitious guardians could have been appointed by a court in those states with no further screening (emphasis added).

Based on the lack of oversight and credibility demonstrated by the CGC, and the disinterest of Nevada's Attorney General, it's no wonder persons like Shafer and Bristol are court appointed with power of attorney to completely control the lives and assets of wealthy Nevada wards of the court.  Sadly, per the findings of the GAO regarding the CGC, it appears that anybody, no matter how unqualified or corrupt, can become a "Nationally Certified Public Guardian" in Nevada, and ruin lives without fear of legal consequence.

Many family members of exploited current and former PFSN wards have spoken out over the years. This has caused Jared Shafer and his henchmen to file SLAPP suits (strategic lawsuits against public participation) to try to stop them.

A hearing will be held this Tuesday, August 12, on a motion to dismiss a Shafer defamation lawsuit against family members of two of his former "wards." The defendants are Charles Pascal, and Rebecca Schultz.

At 8:15 AM Tuesday, in Clark County District Court, Dept. 18, Judge David Barker will hear arguments from Shafer's attorneys to determine whether the libel suit he filed against Charles Pascal, an indigent blind man, and Rebecca Schultz should proceed. (Pascal is shown in this photo with his mother in law the late Marcy Dudeck. Click HERE to read Mrs. Dudeck's story.)

On March 13, 2014, Judge Joanna Kishner dismissed Shafer's initial defamation suit without prejudice based on a lack of evidence to prove Schultz authored a series of allegedly defamatory Internet articles about Shafer and his associates. Because the dismissal was without prejudice, it allowed Shafer's attorneys to re-file in the event they discovered new evidence linking Schultz to the postings.

Shafer's legal team have filed new motions trying to prove Schultz conspired with Pascal to slander Shafer's reputation by accusing him, among other things, of elder abuse and financial exploitation of his wards.

However, because Charles Pascal has been blind since birth and is indigent and must defend himself pro se, the ACLU, National Federation for the Blind, US Dept. of Justice (DOJ), and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) have intervened on his behalf to force Shafer to pay for Braille and audio translations of over 1,600 pages of documents generated so far in this case at a cost estimated to exceed $50,000.00.  This accommodation normally cost the plaintiff in a civil action $5 per page translated into Braille not including audio recording, binding, and shipping per ADA requirements, a cost Shafer wants paid by the taxpayers. But this is a civil case not a criminal action, and in civil matters taxpayers are not required to provide this service according to sources at the Clark County Regional Justice Center. Furthermore, Shafer has long known that Pascal is blind and requires special accommodations in order to be able to defend himself in a court action.

In a May 12, 2014 letter Pascal dictated to the court, he explains his position and special needs. He requests that the entire Nevada Code of Civil Procedure be transcribed into Braille and audio because he states he can't properly defend himself without knowing the Nevada Court's procedural rules. Pascal says the Nevada Law Center informed him that all pro se defendants must follow all court rules while defending themselves. This will add more to the Plaintiff's costs.

Judge Barker is expected to rule on this technicality first thing Tuesday morning.

Based on Pascal's request for ADA compliance and Shafer's insistence that the burden be placed on the taxpayers, the DOJ recently opened an ADA investigation of the Clark County Eighth Judicial Court requiring over 150 questions be answered regarding the county's compliance with ADA rules. This action is requiring the expenditure of dozens of hours of labor by court officials, and is currently the talk of the courthouse.

Like Schultz, Charles Pascal has accused Shafer of removing over $500,000.00 in "fees" from his late mother-in-law's estate, a major portion of her net worth.

Below is only one of the payments paid to Shafer without the consent of Mrs. Dudeck or her family members. Since she was a ward of the court at the time the check was written and legally prohibited from signing legal documents or checks, it's assumed that her signature was forged by Shafer or one of his crew.

(Click HERE for a list of Shafer's other court approved overcharges.)

Nevada Revised Statutes state that private guardians are not permitted to convert more than 5% of their ward's assets to pay themselves without court approval. But in Nevada, the local Family Courts have never refused to approve Shafer's payments to himself or his henchmen, and in Dudeck's and Olvera's cases, the majority of their assets were taken from their estates and never accounted for.

Tuesday's hearing should be fascinating because, so far, Pascal, who has a Masters Degree from Layola Marymount University, has not been required to answer Shafer's complaint because it was served on him in California - outside Nevada's jurisdiction in a civil case - in a form he could not read or respond to. He also adamantly denies writing the RipOff Reports against Shafer. In addition, because Pascal is indigent  he cannot be forced to travel to Nevada in the event Shafer's lawsuit is allowed to continue. The court has arranged for Pascal to appear telephonically at Tuesday's hearing per Judge Barker's order and be prepared to argue the jurisdictional and ADA issues in proper person.

BACKGROUND on Shafer's Defamation law suits:                    .


Persuant to Nevada and United States Civil RICO statutes, Guadalupe Olvera (1941 photo-left) is asking for triple damages against all Defendants. As of now, no trial date has been scheduled for OLVERA vs. SHAFER.

If you would like to be immediately informed about the progress of the cases mentioned above, click HERE for a free subscription to Steve Miller's Las Vegas Insider E-Briefs.

Full OLVERA vs. SHAFER Federal Racketeering Lawsuit:

* If you would like to receive Steve's frequent E-Briefs about Las Vegas' scandals, click here: Steve Miller's Las Vegas E-Briefs

Copyright © Steve Miller

email Steve Miller at:
div. of PLR International

Copyright © 1998 - 2014 PLR International