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Felony Arrest Warrant Issued For
"Guardian" Jared E. Shafer's
Protégé Patience Bristol

National Certified Guardians Patience M. Bristol and Jared E. Shafer

INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
October 7, 2013

LAS VEGAS - National and state certified private guardian Patience Bristol (39) is the protégé of for-hire guardian and former Clark County Administrator Jared Shafer (70). On October 3, 2013, the State of Nevada issued a felony arrest warrant for Bristol who was employed at Shafer's Professional Fiduciary Services of Nevada, Inc. (PFSN, Inc.) for over ten years during which time she allegedly stole the assets of elderly "wards" Shafer had entrusted to her for guardianship services.

The warrant for Bristol's arrest (below) listed fifteen felony counts including four counts of "Exploiting Old/Vulnerable Persons," eight counts of "First Degree Burglary," and three counts of "Obtaining  Money/Property/Labor Under False Pretense." The bail - $100,000.00, but that may be irrelevant because Patience is nowhere to be found according to sources at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Nonetheless, Bristol and her mentor are still certified and licensed by the State of Nevada and the National Center for Guardianship Certification to be court appointed with complete power of attorney over the persons and estates of the wealthy elderly even though Bristol and Shafer are not attorneys.

Shafer employed Bristol as his ?case worker? for 10 years while she should have been deemed unqualified to act as a guardian based on her current and prior criminal history of trying to pass bad checks (below).

During her years with PFSN, Inc., Bristol was twice charged for bad checks - first in 2004 (Dismissed), and again in 2012 (Active), and she filed for bankruptcy in 2005, normally disqualifying factors under Nevada law and the guidelines of the Center for Guardianship Certification, but Shafer and the CGC obviously didn't care! Bristol's record of indiscretions didn't stop Shafer or the authorities from allowing elderly PFSN, Inc. wards to be exposed to her greed.

According to a confidential source, "Patience would wait for her ward to fall asleep during a visit, then rifle through their personal belongings looking for cash, jewelry, or checks. She often wrote herself checks on a ward's account that would bounce. That's why she was arrested in 2004 and 2012. She did this for years right under Jared's nose."

While Bristol was busy ripping off PFSN, Inc. wards, Shafer, CPA Shawn King, and their cronies in 2008 were accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of operating a "Ponzi Scheme" that "fraudulently offered and sold approximately $180 million in unregistered notes to more than 800 investors, many of whom were senior citizens."


Shafer and King agreed to return the money to senior citizens and others, and were never charged with a crime.

However, even in the face of these transgressions, Bristol and Shafer were allowed to retain their fiduciary licenses and continue overseeing the lives and fortunes of seniors.

Now you might think that people with such serious legal problems would try to stay under the radar, but Bristol, King, and Shafer are plaintiffs in an intriguing defamation lawsuit they filed in November 2012 against Rebecca Schultz, the daughter of one of Bristol and Shafer's most lucrative former wards, Guadalupe Olvera.
Case No. A-12-671427-C
Date Filed: 11/02/2012
Department 31
Judge Joanna Kishner
JARED E. SHAFER; an individual;
a Nevada professional limited partnership;
ALAN D. FREER, an individual; ROBERT
D. SIMPSON; an individual; PATIENCE
BRISTOL; an individual; AMY DEITTRICK,
an individual; PROFESSIONAL
INC., a Nevada corporation; AVID
a Nevada corporation; SHAWN KING, an
individual; GAMETT & KING, a Nevada
REBECCA SCHULTZ, an individual; and
DOES I through 20, inclusive;

All of the plaintiffs - including Bristol and King - claim Schultz damaged their professional reputations in dozens of anonymously written Internet articles Schultz said she did not author. (INSIDE VEGAS discovered the names and addresses of the actual authors, but agreed to not release this information based on the Nevada Reporter's Shield Law.)

94 year old World War II hero Guadalupe Olvera emotionally claims that Shafer and Bristol bled over $360,000.00 from his estate during their 2009 - 2013 court ordered guardianship of his person and assets by acts including the charging of excessive legal fees paid from his life savings to prevent him from terminating Shafer's unneeded guardianship. His only child Rebecca Schultz in 2010 followed her father's orders and removed him from Shafer's custody in Nevada, then went to the California press and told her father's story in 2012 several months before the California Superior Court determined Olvera had been competent all along to govern his life and finances. Learning that Olvera's civil rights were completely restored in a California court, Shafer responded by intensifying action in his defamation suit against Olvera's daughter, but has so far been unable to prove Schultz was the person responsible for allegedly defaming him and his crew.

In the eleven months since filing their lawsuit, the Plaintiffs have had ample time, but failed to provide evidence that Schultz authored the articles. This inspired Schultz' attorney to move for dismissal.

Brian Boggess, attorney for Schultz, has filed a motion with highly rated Clark County District Court Judge Joanna Kishner (left) to have Shafer's lawsuit dismissed, or in the alternative provide more definite proof that Schultz was the author of the allegedly defamatory material. The motion is scheduled for hearing at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, October 15. INSIDE VEGAS will be in the courtroom and will report the outcome immediately in an E-Brief. (If you would like to receive Steve's frequent E-Briefs about Las Vegas' scandals, click here: Steve Miller's Las Vegas E-Briefs)

Rebecca Schultz told INSIDE VEGAS; "The first day I met Patience Bristol at my fathers Henderson, Nevada home was in November 2009. She gave me her card and told me, 'I'm the front person for Jared, he can be difficult to work with, so that's why he uses me.' She made it clear she worked for him. However, I believe Mr. Shafer consistently tells people that Amy Deittrick of AVID Business Services (who bills Shafer's wards for her bookkeeping services) and Patience Bristol, his former case worker, are/were 'independent' and never worked for him, yet they have always worked out of his office and used his company email addresses. Amy uses ',' and Patience used '' which clearly indicates he was supervising them via his PFSN, Inc. The card Patience gave me has her name along with Shafer's office number and business title printed on it. The card has the exact address, phone and fax numbers as Shafer's website. This indicates Jared Shafer is not only responsible for the bleeding of my fathers estate, but also responsible for excessive billings imposed upon my father's estate (and others) by Bristol and Deittrick for their 'services' while working for Shafer."

Here's Bristol's $30,810.00 bill provided by Guadalupe Olvera:

?Up until January 2013, Shafer was Bristol's employer, therefore Shafer is and was liable for her actions imposed upon all his wards,? added Schultz. "I have Wells Fargo Trust Statements to back up the list of payments to Bristol."

In March 2012, Schultz submitted a complaint to the National Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) accusing Shafer and Bristol of not meeting the CGC Minimum guardian eligibility standards including: "actions that involved fraud, misrepresentation, material omission, misappropriation, moral turpitude, theft, or conversion."

"I provided several documents to an official national accrediting agency relied upon by state licensing authorities showing Shafer and Patience acted to exploit, not to act in dad's best interest, but CGC just protected them. Also, after the complaint was sent, I received a blow off letter 6 months later, and that was ONLY after I called and asked if they ever had a 'review' of my complaint by their board of directors. I asked for the minutes but never got a response. I am convinced there was never a review because they didn't send the letter until a day after I called demanding a response. CGC is run by attorneys and guardians, with several being both a guardian and attorney. It's all fixed and they just sent all my submissions to Shafer, and dad got charged hourly fees for Shafer's attorney to read it all and send them a response telling them his client was a good boy, so dad got exploited even more because I submitted an official complaint with documents to back it up."

Shafer, et. al. included Schultz' CGC complaint as EXHIBIT 9 in their defamation lawsuit. (Click HERE to read Shafer's complete lawsuit.)

Despite all of the above, the County Commission honored Shafer by appointing him to the Clark County Board of Equalization where he presently serves. Shafer continues to be "guardian" over the welfare of a number of seniors, and is considered a "Pillar of the community" serving on the Board of Directors of Southern Nevada Youth Charities with other luminaries including ex-LV city councilman and current Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald.


"Unclean Hands" Suing For Defamation

Against all odds - Daughter of WW2 vet succeeds in terminating
Jared Shafer's Nevada guardianship and a California
conservatorship dictated by Shafer

Some of Jared E. Shafer's bogus bills bled from
Guadalupe Olvera's trust account AFTER
Shafer's guardianship was terminated

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