Wednesday, June 30, 2010

URGENT! Please Help Barbara Save her Father

Just now getting the digest emails! YES, PLEASE SEND EMAILS!!!

Hi, everyone! I'm at home, trying to get back to MD, to be by my father's hospital bedside. I was delayed in returning, as I felt it necessary to spend yesterday on the internet, getting the word out. Also, crucial: the hearing was expedited and will be held tomorrow morning at 9:00.

I would be, most, grateful for emails to be sent to the perps! Please, copy me in a BLIND copy, i.e. bcc!

I have, also, written to Governor O'Malley, repeatedly. I would be grateful for emails to go to his office, as well as the Secretary of the Maryland State Office of Aging, Gloria Lawlah. PLEASE, KEEP IN MIND THAT, IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND THE "GUARDIANS" ARE NOT PRIVATE COMPANIES. SOCIAL SERVICES, i.e. the OFFICE ON AGING RECOMMENDS ITSELF. This is the "social services model" of guardianship, which the American Bar Association (amazingly) refers to as a "grave conflict of interest".

Here is the list of contacts:

Governor Martin O'Malley -

Gloria Lawlah (Secretary MD Dept of Aging) -

Front line of offenders (Howard County Office on Aging:
Sue Vaeth (Administrator/currently perpetrating libel of my name) -
Peggy Rightnour (Staff manager) -
Ofelia Ross (Caseworker who primarily perpetrated events for 4 years) -
Marcia Soergel (Current caseworker - last 2 weeks - taking the 'heat' off of Ofelia because of my internet postings) -

Thank you, all, in advance, for your emails. TODAY IS THE DAY! THEY INTEND TO PERPETRATE THIS EVIL, TOMORROW AM!!!


Editor's note:
We are with you Barbara this EXECUTION must be stayed, the whole world will know that we cold bloodedly execute people whose sole crime is to have run out of money! I am ashamed of my adopted country.... May God have mercy on our souls.

I sent out a Urgent call to action and have E mail all my friends and activist to write in, and let them know this act will not go un-noticed!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Intent to Murder by the Howard County, Maryland, Office on Aging"

Remember Terri Schiavo? This is NOT about “Healthcare” or who is president! For my father, William Morris, it is about CORRUPT SOCIAL SERVICES and CORRUPT CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES in Howard County, Maryland:

The Howard County Office on Aging, a part of Howard County, Maryland, Social Services, INTENDS TO MURDER MY, ELDERLY, FATHER. Their, illegally, gotten “guardianship” of my parents was, sufficiently, corrupt. They perpetrated, so, many false allegations, against family (mostly me for my advocacy) that they obtained restricted visitation, 3 hours, in the afternoon, at the assisted living. My father was, so, traumatized by the isolation that, along with the trauma of abuse at the assisted living, including withholding of food and a, resulting, huge weight loss, he suffered a major heart attack in February of last year (2009). Miraculously, he survived. However, the night of June 8th he suffered an attack of pulmonary edema and the, resulting, shortness of breath. He has been in Howard County General Hospital for three weeks. He has had some set backs and reoccurrences, but, needs a feeding tube, for sustenance, a procedure which is minor surgery and which, according to nurses and doctors, is standard protocol, for such situations. He is not and has not been comatose. He is able to communicate. The nurses refer to him as “feisty” and they think he is “cute”. Several of them, even, flirt with him.

Here is the rub! In less than four years, the Office on Aging has spent down my parents’ estate from, approximately, $450,000 to NOTHING! My parents have no more money, when I could have cared for them on their social security and pension. SINCE THEY HAVE DEPLETED ALL OF MY PARENTS’ ASSETS, THERE IS NO MOTIVATION TO KEEP MY FATHER ALIVE! In spite of the viability of a feeding tube, the Office on Aging intends to petition the court to, not only, withhold and withdraw treatment, but, to DENY HIM A FEEDING TUBE! Considering the Howard County Circuit Court judges have, actively, participated in this racket, I have no reason to believe the request will be denied. I realized these issues, in 2007, when I saw the online docket of another case, Dorothy Dier, at the Maryland Judicial Case Search site and the filings of her son, from whom guardianship had, also, been stolen by the Circuit Court and the Howard County Office on Aging.

For more history, I have posted articles on the neglect and abuse my parents have suffered under “guardianship” on line. (Locate via google search: “Neglect & Abuse of William & Ada Morris”.) I have, also, posted regarding the corruption, behind the abuse. (Locate via google search, by adding to the first search words: “Racketeering Scheme Open Letter to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley”.) I have been in this legal battle, to protect my parents, for four years. Watching my parents suffer, under the state’s guise of “protecting” them, has been the nightmare of my life. Only the “court” of public opinion and outcry, can help, at this time.

I believe God brought this to me to help expose the corruption, for what it is: abuse of power and monetary agendas. THANK YOU, for your prayers and support!

If you have any connections or are in a position to help, in any way, please contact me, Barbara Morris, immediately, by email:

For the purpose of driving the internet machine, I must list the names of the perpetrators and those that acquiesce: (Office on Aging caseworker) Ofelia Ross, (Attorney) Ria Rochvarg, (Attorney) Tony/Anthony Doyle, (County Attorney) Beverly Heydon, Howard County Circuit Court judges, Judge Louis A. Becker (now recused), Judge Dennis M. Sweeney (now retired) and, now, Judge Timothy J. McCrone, Administrative Judge Diane Leasure, Janis DiSibio, Shareese Kess-Lewis, Debbie Beares, Peggy Rightnour, Phyllis Madachy, Susan Rosenbaum, Sue/Susan Vaeth, Charlene Gallion, now, add, Marcia Soergel, at the county level. Greedy assisted living owners who, also, participated, Carmen Collandrea and Richard Collandrea at Bryant Woods Inn Assisted Living in Columbia, Maryland, and their, former "manager" Sandra Farrow (convicted felon). Currently participating are Pfefferkorn Assisted Living (West Friendship, MD) owners, William and Elmira Singh. And, at the state level, Maryland Secretary of Human Resources, Brenda Donald, Maryland Secretary Department on Aging, Gloria Lawlah, the Office of Health Care Quality, and last, but not least, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

How Long Must We Tolerate This?

Im getting more and more letters and comments like these! What is going on ? What are our Lawmakers doing to prevent this dictariorship like behavior! I can no longer keep with up the volume of E mail or pleas for help! How long must we tolerate this?

"My family is currently dealing with the same problem, with a judge who has made three appointments of people who present large bills for their services. The judge has refused to allow the family to care for an elderly relative--this judge insists that a nursing home is best. Her estate is being fleeced, and finally, when her funds are depleted, I wonder if the family can then have permission to care for her?

I'm beginning to wonder if my relative didn't have any money, would the judge be so interested in appointing all these people? "

Monday, June 28, 2010

Justice 'Probate Style' Judge John L. Phillips Gets Some!

Justice has not been served in the case of my dearly departed friend, the Honorable Judge John L. Phillips, known to all as the Kung-Fu Judge. Upon learning of his candidacy in 2001, Brooklyn D.A. Joe Hynes filed an ex-parte (secret action) to seal up all of Judge Phillips' assets. Twelve apartment buildings and two movie Theatres were part of the millionaire judges' empire. The Court then appointed Hynes former Chief of Staff, Harvey Greenberg, as Judge Phillips' "Guardian."

The transcript of the proceeding to condemn Judge Phillips is chilling. The reason presented to the court for a guardian was a videotape presented by a prosecutor from the Brooklyn DA's office, Steven Kramer, who conducted a raid on Judge Phillips home along with three confederates. A.D.A. Kramer produced a videotape of the raid at the hearing, and the chief piece of evidence to appoint a guardian was that Judge Phillips had "campaign posters" in his house. These facts are not in dispute. I've read the transcript.

Judge Phillips was then remanded to a nursing the BRONX, and the race for District Attorney was over.

All of Judge Phillips' properties were sold for pennies-on-the-dollar. Then the judges' home mysteriously burned to the ground, obfuscating any records he had been keeping. The guardians neglected to pay the insurance. Six years later, the once museum-like four story brownstone at 155 Herkimer Street still sits in the heart of Bed-Stuy as a boarded up shell. A monument to the tragic end of the Kung-Fu Judge.

Now, the undisputed facts, according to the IRS, are that between the years of 2000 and 2007, four separate guardians sold $10 million dollars of Judge Phillips' property and failed to pay or file any taxes. The IRS now wants $3 million in unpaid taxes from Judge Phillips' estate. The only item left in the estate is the Slave Theatre, which is worth close to 3 million dollars. The four guardians, all attorneys, are:

1. Harvey Greenberg (former chief Assistant District Attorney to D.A. Hynes);

2. Frank Livotti

3. Raymond Jones

4. Emani Taylor

The sale of Phillips' properties was absolutely unlawful and illegal, so why not rescind those sales, restore those properties to the estate of John L. Phillips, and transfer the burden of those unpaid taxes to those four "guardians" who fattened themselves on the fat of Judge Phillips' properties? I would liken those "guardians" to the many suitors of Penelope, Odysseus' estranged wife in the Odyssey, while Poseidon kept the hero away from home.

I'm proud to announce that attorney John Kennedy O'Hara has a $10 million lawsuit pending against the nursing home that held Judge Phillips hostage on the orders of DA Hynes. O'Hara also met with federal agents from the IRS last week concerning a criminal probe regarding Phillips' properties, and those four guardians who "forgot" to pay the taxes on the 10 million dollars.

The undisputed facts of the case: Judge John L. Phillips, died homeless and broke. He owned 12 apartment buildings and 2 movie theatres. The Brooklyn D.A. seized his assets because Judge Phillips was planning to run against him in 2001. D.A. Hynes got the courts to appoint his former chief of staff as a guardian. All 4 guardians sold all of Judge Phillips' buildings, and kept the money. These facts are not in dispute. I've read the court documents.

The New York Times, New York Post, Brooklyn Paper, and The New York Sun ran a series of articles. In addition, Christopher Ketcham wrote an excellent article in the Brooklyn Rail, and AARP Bulletin.

I mentioned the Odyssey earlier. It seems that Hynes, playing the part of Poseidon, was successful in his campaign to kill our hero, Judge John L. Phillips, and the suitors have all but eaten his property. Can John Kennedy O'Hara, playing the part of Telemachus, bring some modicum of justice to the estate of Judge Phillips?

May we see justice served to the legacy of Judge John L. Phillips, the Kung-Fu Judge of Brooklyn, beloved by his tenants, his friends, and this writer.


Another Probate Murder?

More Questions Surface on Melodie Scott Cases

The Probate Murders: More Questions Surface On Melodie Scott Cases by Janet C. Phelan Special To, Ms. Phelan continues her investigation of Melodie Scott of C.A.R.E., Inc. after finding information about the death of Scott's client Lawrence Yetzer. Also included is the Los Angeles Times' article "Guardians For Profit: When a Family Matter Turns Into A Business", originally published in 2005. It seems that vultures are not just birds.

By Janet C. Phelan

Lawrence Yetzer was standing in his front yard, yelling. The fifty-two year old Rialto man, who was blind and suffered from cerebral palsy, had just discovered his father lying unmoving on the front room floor.

“Help!” yelled Yetzer. “Something has happened to Dad!” Please help us!”

Neighbor Yvonne Boone remembers that the paramedics came. Yetzer’s step-father, Max Vantilburg, had died of a heart attack. And Lawrence Yetzer, who had lived with his parents his entire life, was left alone in the world. He was also left a chunk of money, as the sole beneficiary of the Anne and Max Vantilburg estate.

The court appointed Melodie Scott, of C.A.R.E., Inc, as the Successor Trustee of the Vantilburg estate. In a separate proceeding in San Bernardino Court, Melodie Scott moved to have herself appointed as Lawrence Yetzer’s conservator.

In her application for the conservatorship, Scott declared to the court that Lawrence Yetzer had an IQ of only 59 and was unable to comprehend the conservatorship proceedings.

Yvonne Boone, who knew the family for years, disputes this statement. “He wasn’t retarded like that,” said Boone, who had also served as a caregiver for Yetzer. “He was a real sociable, talkative guy. Sure, he was blind, but he understood what was going on around him.”

The conservatorship lasted less than four months. On February 6, 2001, Lawrence Yetzer died. On January 14, Boone, who was caring for Yetzer on a full time basis at that point in time, noticed that he was sick. “He was coughing and his color was bad,” she recalls. He was taken to San Bernardino Community Hospital and admitted. The Sentinel has obtained these records, which state that he was “cyanotic” (blue) at the time of admission. He was admitted with a tentative diagnosis of congestive heart failure and pneumonia.

But his bronchoscopy showed no trace of a pneumonia bug and his white blood cell count, which would have been elevated if he had any type of infection, was normal. Questions began to surface, evidenced by doctors’ notes, as to what was really wrong with Lawrence Yetzer. The diagnosis shifted to “severe adult respiratory distress.”

Within a few days of admission to San Bernardino County Hospital, his white blood cell count began to climb, revealing that he had caught some kind of infection while in the hospital. He was put on a ventilator on January 16. The nursing notes state that Yetzer was put on “Versed 2mg IVP given for sedation as per MD order every five minutes due to patient fighting the ventilator.” He was put in restraints and shortly the doctor ordered him to be given regular intravenous Atracrium, which paralyzed him. The restraints were then removed. The doses of Atracrium continued.

And then his course of treatment took a curious turn. This reporter has retrieved his medical records from this hospitalization, which were requested from the hospital by an aunt, living in Ohio. San Bernardino Community Hospital had initially refused to release these records to the aunt, who, as next of kin, is legally entitled to these records. After the hospital was supplied with detailed proof that the aunt was indeed next of kin, the hospital then lost the request. The request was again submitted, at which point the hospital stated that they would not give the records to the aunt, but only to who was listed as “next of kin” on Lawrence Yetzer’s death certificate.

However, the standard death certificate has no box for “next of kin.” A query was made as to what law the hospital was citing. When it was also suggested that a judge might make a different determination, the hospital backed down and agreed to send the records.

Only partial records were sent to the aunt and another request was then tendered. Renee Wheeler, the administrator in charge of medical records at San Bernardino Community Hospital, inquired if there was going to be legal action taken.

The medical records show that Lawrence Yetzer was dosed with a number of sedatives and opiates which severely retard a person’s ability to breathe. He was put on a Versed drip often as high as 10 mg an hour, as well as Ativan ,Phenobarbitol and Atracrium . The doctors’ notes repeatedly refer to Yetzer as “paralyzed and sedated.” Finally, on February 3, three days before he died, he was curiously started on Morphine injections. The hospital records list the dose as 4 mg every 3 hours PRN. There were no indications in the records that Lawrence Yetzer was in pain and would have needed Morphine.

Morphine and Versed are both contraindicated for people in respiratory distress and may put an individual into respiratory arrest. The two in combination are known to have a potentiating effect. Drug companies have issued cautions about mixing Versed with Morphine or with Phenobarbitol, as these combinations may result in respiratory failure. He was also given antibiotics. On the day of his death, a nurse cryptically noted that “PT on multiple antibiotics-In spite of no organisms identified.”

On February 6, a conference was called with Scott, Alan Garcia, Dr. Arora and hospital administrators. The decision was made to issue a DNR (“Do Not Resuscitate” order) and to pull Lawrence Yetzer off his ventilator. The records state that “a terminal wean was done” after the chaplain visited Yetzer. Dr. Arora signed the order to withdraw him from life support and Lawrence Yetzer died.

In her final accounting for the Yetzer conservatorship, Melodie Scott declared to the court that Lawrence Yetzer died of a “sudden massive stroke.” His death certificate lists pneumonia as cause of death.

Inexplicably, the hospital records state that as of January 23, a “new conservator,” Alan Garcia, was assigned to Lawrence Yetzer. Garcia worked as a case manager for Scott’s company, C.A.R.E., Inc. Conservators are appointed (and changed) via court proceedings. There is no mention in the Yetzer court file that the conservatorship changed hands from Scott to Garcia.

But the story takes an equally disturbing turn here. Scott’s accounting for the Vantilburg Trust details $396,529.89 as the remainder in the Trust and duly lists the distributions to the remainder beneficiaries. The Trust was to be split so that 50% was distributed in equal shares to the seven surviving brothers and sisters of Anne and Max Vantilburg (Yetzer’s deceased parents) and 50% distributed in equal shares to four charities . The First and Final Accounting bears the signature of attorney J. David Horspool, who duly noted in this document that the siblings would each thus receive 7.14285% of the final assets and the charities would each receive 12.5%.

This reporter has uncovered a considerable discrepancy between the amount listed as final assets and the amount distributed. The court record reveals that each sibling signed for $5,125.70 and that a representative from each of the four charities signed for $8,970. The total amount distributed to the beneficiaries thus amounts of $71,759.90.

Melodie Scott petitioned the court for her fees, which came to $14,185.23. Attorney Horspool requested $12,187.50. Scott also requested that $2800 be held in reserve for taxes. The total amount distributed thus came to $100,932.63. Over $296,000 remained unaccounted for.

The Final Accounting notes that a total of $300 was distributed to Lawrence Yetzer .

E. Joan Nelms, who is a probate attorney working in San Bernardino, presided over the case as a judge pro-tem. Nelms has represented Melodie Scott in a number of cases.

This reporter contacted attorney J. David Horspool requesting input about the unaccounted -for monies and issues surrounding Lawrence Yetzer’s hospital care. Initially, Horspool agreed to get his files out of storage in order to answer the questions. When he failed to respond, this reporter again contacted attorney Horspool, who then levied threats of legal action. On June 11 he wrote, “ I am not going to call you. Furthermore, the issue isn’t with the Lawrence Yetzer matter. The copies of the Receipts which you faxed to my office concerned the Van Tilberg Trust. I have in my files original signed receipts for the funds that were distributed, which reconcile to the assets on hand at the end of the accounting period, adjusted for payment of court-approved attorneys’ fees and trustee’s fees. So there was no failure to distribute $300,000.00, or any other sum. For you to imply, allege or in any way accuse either myself or Ms. Scott of not distributing all of the funds as she was required to do would be wrong, and, now that you know it would be wrong, would also be viewed as grossly negligent at best, and maliciously done in utter disregard of the truth, at worst. Either way, it would be actionable and I am putting you on notice that such action would be taken should you make such unfounded accusations.”

In an unusual manner of ending the communication, he then wrote: “Have a nice rest of your life for however much more time the Good Lord grants you.”

This reporter responded urging him to turn over the receipts which he alleged would reconcile the accounts. At that point, it appears he blocked further emails.

An appeal was made to J. David Horspool’s sister, Karin Horspool, who works as an attorney in the firm of Horspool and Parker. She responded by threatening to issue a restraining order.

In June of 2009, the San Bernardino County Sentinel reported on the case of Elizabeth Fairbanks, also a former conservatee of Melodie Scott, who died after contracting pneumonia. Scott had used her power of medical care to withhold antibiotics from Fairbanks. Fairbanks was also given Roxanol, which is a liquid form of morphine, prior to succumbing.

Melodie Scott, whose professional fiduciary license was denied by the California State Professional Fiduciary Bureau after Administrative Law hearings which spanned from May to October of 2009, has appealed the denial of her license. Her license was refused on the grounds that she 1) made false statements on her licensing application 2) continued to act as a fiduciary after her license was denied and 3) had a drunk driving conviction. Gary Duke, who is a lawyer with the Department of Consumer Affairs, has stated that a final decision should be reached in mid-July. In the meantime, Scott has begun a new business, Reliant Professional Services, located at 104 State Street in Redlands, which is also a conservatorship business. Duke stated that the Department of Consumer Affairs only licenses individuals and thus Scott may own a conservatorship company if she does not herself perform fiduciary or conservator functions.

The current website for Reliant Professional Services advertises Melodie Scott as a Professional Fiduciary.

Crossposted from: Parents Advocates.Org

Monday, June 21, 2010

Danny's Diary

From Danny’s diary thanks to EstateOfDenial.Com

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 05:16 PM PDT
Danny’s DiaryJune 21,

In the aftermath of the “Final Hearing”, I’ve been left with picking up the remnants of my life to piece it back together. The one glaring result is that this conservatorship did anything but conserve my estate. But that was never the intention of my “conservator”, his attorney, or this court. And “saving my life” was accomplished by the grace of God and despite the malicious actions of a jealous brother, a crooked lawyer and a incompetent judge. They blew through my estate faster than a court room full of crackheads.

Another issue that is obvious is that the “Final Hearing” was anything but final. It was merely a dog & pony show that the court put on to appease the Free Danny Tate supporters and the press that was present. The adversaries thought this would make “it” and “us” all go away. I believe that will not be the case. The Judicial Code states that courts should welcome public scrutiny. Such is not the case with this court. It loathes public scrutiny, for in it crimes are committed on a daily basis. By those that have been given authority to protect the interests of “we the people”. In this probate court lawyers line their pockets with the earnings of hard working men and women who are left subjected to a judge who, at the least, ignores the law by which he has been appointed to govern, not to mention he is supposed to be elected, but that has never truly happened.

Last week the ratings of corrupt states came out in the press. Tennessee ranked #1. I believe this court represents that corruption. And it will continue unless its officers are brought to accountability. What continues to disturb me is that those who hold lawyers and judges accountable, such as the Board of Professional Responsibility and the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, seem to be more interested in protecting errant lawyers and judges instead of protecting the citizens from them. Than again, what should we expect in the state that ranks #1 in corruption.

Governor Bredesen, you have remained silent through this entire ordeal. I hold you accountable and believe this will define your legacy.

We are at a unique time in history when public outcry over corruption amongst elected officials is at a fevered pitch. We are tired of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Crooks and liars are the cooks and fryers in the kitchen of our lives. It’s time for a house cleaning. The founding fathers are turning in their graves. The patriots who rose up against tyranny must be preparing for a rapture. In the midnight hour of our history, I would like to think their ghosts are plotting a coup.


"A Racketeering Scheme Against Elderly and Resulting Crimes Against Humanity by the State of Maryland

"An Open Letter to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley"

June 2010

From Barbara Morris, daughter of victims William and Ada Morris of Ellicott City, MD

Governor O’Malley,

I have written to you, repeatedly, since January 2009, regarding the neglect and abuse of my, elderly, parents by the very system that should be protecting them. The failure of your office, to end this nightmare, amounts to complicity. The Maryland Department of Human Resources, specifically, Secretary Brenda Donald, on your behalf, referred me back to the perpetrators of the crime, the Howard County Circuit Court Judges and the Howard County Office on Aging, for resolution. That is the equivalent of telling the fox he should not have harmed the hens, since they are the “fox” guarding the “hen house”.

In August 2006, I returned to Maryland, as the needs of my elderly parents had reached a point of crisis, due to neglect and abuse by a sibling. As the oldest sibling and the only daughter, I felt it was my responsibility to come to their rescue. One month later, at a “guardianship” hearing at the Howard County Circuit Court, Judge Louis A. Becker, “conveniently”, gave “temporary emergency guardianship” of my mother, to the Howard County Office on Aging. Although, two siblings had traveled a, considerable, distance, the full hearing was postponed and my mother’s fate put into the hands of total strangers. Had these strangers, actually, had my mother’s best interest, at heart, I would have had, no, issue. However, as events, unfolded, it, quickly, became apparent there was another agenda that had nothing to do with the best interest of, either, of my parents. Indeed, it quickly evidenced abuse of power and a monetary agenda.

Another “player” in these actions, is “court appointed” attorney, Ria Rochvarg. She was supposed to look out for the best interest of my mother. Ria was “appointed”, over two months, prior to the September (2006) hearing, yet, apparently, Ria had, neither, met with or seen my mother. I attempted to reach Ria, yet, she, repeatedly, failed to respond to my calls or my efforts to provide, relevant information, on my mother. My mother had been placed, temporarily, in an assisted living facility, pending remedies to my parents’ home. My mother was traumatized by separation from her home, her husband, and her family. However, Ria Rochvarg appeared at the hearing, and stated that my mother was “stable” in assisted living. Nothing could have been further, from the truth. Apparently, Ria’s “information” came from Bryant Woods Inn Assisted Living owner, Carmen Collandrea, who stood to gain, considerably, if my mother’s stay became permanent, and with her eyes set on my father, as well. Had Ria Rochvarg acted with integrity, she would have known of my mother’s trauma and acted on my mother’s behalf. However, it is important to note that, although Ria Rochvarg has a contract with the state, to provide legal services for guardianship proceedings, she obtains her fees by billing the estate of the intended ward and, consequent, ward. Thus, it was in Ria Rocharg’s, own best interest to facilitate keeping my mother in the state system, while Ria continues to bill my parents’ estate, for her, so-called, “services”. This is a conflict of interest!!! Details of Ria Rochvarg’s billing, also, provide evidence of collusion with the Office on Aging; that her efforts were, only, with the Office on Aging, and excluded family members.

In my first conversation with Ofelia Ross, the caseworker, from the Office on Aging, she was, not only, rude and interrupting, but, she had no interest in any information about my mother or that there were others who could supply, objective, and truthful, information. Although, my mother was traumatized, Ofelia Ross insisted that my mother was “staying right where she is”. Soon, thereafter, she validated her knowledge that my mother was traumatized, as she revised her statement, “She is staying right where she is, until she is stable.” Since my mother has Alzheimer’s, that was not possible, which came to be evident. Ofelia Ross proceeded to take complete control of my mother and, later, my father, through, flagrant violations of the Maryland Statutes, for guardianship. Along with Bryant Woods Inn Assisted Living owner, Carmen Collandrea, Ofelia perpetrated a hostile agenda against the family, especially, for my, primary, role as advocate for my parents. Through attorney, Beverly Heydon, of the Howard County Solicitor’s Office, Ofelia Ross and the Howard County Office on Aging have, also, perpetrated false allegations. All of their actions evidenced, tremendous, abuse of power and an intention to take, complete, control of my parents. Instead of protecting my parents, their actions have, repeatedly, put my parents in harm’s way, as well as subjecting them to, severe, abuse. The greatest of these abuses has been the isolation of my parents from their family, with restricted visitation. Ofelia’s actions were, also, responsible for my parents being separated, for an entire year, while both of them were traumatized. My father’s health declined, rapidly, as a result of the stress.

Ofelia Ross, and the Office on Aging, had an agenda, and my parents’ well being, be damned! Much of the neglect and abuse, of my parents, can be seen at these websites:

However, none of these abuses could have been committed without rubber-stamping by the Howard County Circuit Court judges, first Judge Louis A. Becker (now recused), then, Judge Dennis M. Sweeney (now retired) and, now, Judge Timothy J. McCrone. A, flagrant, denial, of due process was obvious. The Rules of Evidence were violated, as well as, multiple, other laws of procedure. The Rules of Judicial Conduct were, also, violated, including Judge Becker’s, obvious, bullying of family members and Judge McCrone’s hostile communications, not just, to family members, but to an elderly friend of my parents, while she was on the witness stand. Judge Becker’s actions, including an order that the siblings could not take our father out of the state of Maryland, evidenced collusion, as the Office on Aging had not, yet, filed a petition for “guardianship” of my father. There was no reason for this mandate, except for his knowledge of their intent. Judge Becker, also, annulled my father’s Power of Attorney, to family, even with a certificate from my father’s primary care physician, which deemed my father competent, to have done so. A full explanation, of all the violations of due process, is too long for this letter, but would shock the senses of most American citizens, to say the least, of Maryland residents. In summary, the defamation, false allegations, perjury, manipulation of “evidence”, case fixing and more, illegal, actions, point to a racketeering scheme. Why else would my parents be subjected to, such, great harm by the system, itself?

Ria Rochvarg, also, flagrantly, violated the Maryland Statutes on “guardianship”, as well as, the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct. At no point did Ria Rochvarg attempt to work with family members, towards our parents’ best interests or needs. Instead, she bullied and threatened family members. (This is part of her M.O., as has been verified by family victims, in other cases. Lih Young is just one of those family victims. Lih Young calls the “players” a “government gang”, on her internet posting: Another, Montgomery County, victim contacted me in 2007. His father had been taken into guardianship, forced out of his home and into a nursing home. Ria Rochvarg was the “court appointed” attorney, for his father, as well. He said he had been threatened and that he was afraid to visit his father. He has a wife and children and did not feel that he could risk, more, false accusations or actions, against him. I, recently, spoke to him and learned that his father passed away, about a year and a half, ago. He had not seen his father, from 2007, until his father passed away, only, because of the threats, against him. What kind of government intimidates or threatens family members while isolating the elderly from the very thing they need most, family companionship? In another Howard County case, Jerry Dier, an attorney by profession, battled the system to protect his mother. The docket can be seen online at the Maryland Judicial Case Search site. His request to have Ria Rochvarg removed as the “court appointed” attorney is, just, one of many motions, which evidenced his, diligent, efforts to free his mother from the same players as, took control of my parents (and which constitute the “government gang” in Howard County). In November 2007, he filed a repeated request: “…on behalf of his mother Dorothy Dier that State of Maryland Howard County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Diane Leasure remove any and all cases regarding guardianship of Dorothy Dier from Howard County Circuit Court and assign any and all case involving Dorothy Dier to a county as remote as possible from Howard County in the State of Maryland”. The Howard County Office on Aging had petitioned the court to: “Withhold and Withdraw Treatment”. Needless to say, this August 2007, request, was a, tremendous, motivator for Jerry’s motions. The Office on Aging was, eventually, granted permission to “withhold and withdraw treatment” and, shortly, thereafter, Dorothy Dier passed away. The Office on Aging, not only, plays “God”, but pre-empts, any and all, family rights and wishes. This case, alone, should alarm, otherwise, uninformed citizens of the dirty deeds of the Howard County Office on Aging and all those, with whom they collude, including Ria P. Rochvarg.

A few more personnel, from the Howard County Office on Aging and Howard County Social Services, need inclusion. They have, all, been active participants in the agenda: Janis DiSibio, Shareese Kess-Lewis, Debbie Beares, Peggy Rightnour, Phyllis Madachy, Susan Rosenbaum, Sue Vaeth and Charlene Gallion.

My parents have begged, for years, to “go home”, but that is, no longer, possible. The court authorized another “court appointed” attorney, Anthony Doyle, to sell my parents’ home. My parents need regular access to family, but we have a 3-hour afternoon window of restricted visitation at the assisted living facility. Ofelia Ross and other staff, from the Office on Aging, including Peggy Rightnour, have played many games, including, again, false allegations, to prevent me from communicating with their office, or to make arrangements for “outings” with my parents. Such outings would facilitate normal family time, but this is part of their retaliatory efforts. Judge Sweeney ordered that Ofelia Ross communicate with each and every family member. On this one point, Judge Sweeney realized Ofelia’s allegations of harassment and threats were not substantiated. However, Ofelia Ross refuses, to do so and, as if, she knows she will not be held accountable. My parents are, now, at Pfefferkorn Assisted Living facility, with owners who, as of the last known inspection, have not met the requirements, of the Office of Health Care Quality, for proper training, including CPR, for themselves or staff. This is, but, one of many, huge, issues, as can be seen in my, above, referenced, document (posted online) on the neglect and abuse of my parents, William and Ada Morris. Another, important note: The Office on Aging moved my parents out of Bryant Woods Inn Assisted Living, after I exposed that Bryant Woods Inn Assisted Living owner, Carmen Collandrea had, blatantly, violated license and zoning regulations, including having a convicted felon, Sandra Farrow, as a (primary) care giver for my parents. Sandra had, also, been active in the, ongoing, bullying and hostile agenda, against me, when I visited my parents.

The neglect and abuse of my parents, along with, multiple, efforts to isolate my parents, from their family, has constituted intentional infliction of emotional distress. That her intentions are, to say the least, not “family friendly” is, clearly, obvious, in multiple events, including Ofelia Ross’ failure to notify any family member that our mother fell and went to the hospital, this past January. Perhaps she was, also, attempting to cover up, even, more liable events. My mother was in the hospital for FOUR (out of six) DAYS before we learned of it. Had one of my brothers, not called Pfefferkorn Assisted Living, we may, never have known. My mother had the right to have a family member, by her side, during those six days, just as during two, prior, extended hospital stays, when I had been by her bedside, around the clock.

I have documented diaries and emails, for four years. If any readers, of this letter, have experienced wrongdoing by, or have been a victim of, any, of these “players”, please, contact me at It is important to note, I am, fully, aware that many of these “players” may wish to pursue charges of “defamation” or “libel” against me, for posting this information. However, I would not, do so, without knowing that I am telling the truth that there are others who know, and have witnessed, these truths.

Governor O’Malley, it is time to take a stand, against this wrongdoing. It is, long, overdue, time for your office to initiate an investigation of the Howard County Office on Aging, Howard County Social Services, “court appointed” attorney, Ria P. Rochvarg, county attorney, Beverly Heydon, "court appointed" attorney, Anthony Doyle, and the Howard County Circuit Court judges, i.e. Louis A. Dennis M. Sweeney and Timothy J. McCrone. Administrative Judge Diane Leasure should, also, be investigated, as to her complicity or acquiescence. Even the American Bar Association, in a study on guardianship, calls the “social services model” a “grave conflict of interest”. You may reach me by email at: I would like to, finally, receive an, appropriate, response.


Barbara Morris

Sunday, June 20, 2010

How To Survive the Financial Crisis

We have launched a new Website with advise in how to prepare to survive the coming financial crisis with lot of useful links. The site still under construction but you are welcome to come and take a look and leave any comments for us.

We have set up a trading room during which we trade/discuss the markets during the day and any one interested please contact George Daniels or Ray Fernandez


Thank You


House Comitte Judiciary Hearings On Elder Financial Abuse

Latifa Ring's May 25, 2010 Congressional testimony. You can view this testimony online at It begins 24:10 minutes into the video and runs for 8 minutes (until the 32:22 minute mark). Acquaintances would recommend you listen to the questions that follow her presentation, her comment beginning at 41:10, Mark Glasser's comments beginning at 42:35 (immediately following Latifa's comments), Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert's beginning at 44:50 (immediately following Mark's comments), Texas Congressman Ted Poe's comments beginning at 51:41 (immediately following Louie's comments), etc.

A transcript of Latifa's testimony can be downloaded from

HALT's issue brief (Appendix C of Latifa's testimony) can be downloaded as from This and other HALT materials on guardianships can be found on its website by entering "guardianship" in the search box on HALT's website.

Diane Armstrong is an active Elder Abuse advocate . You can find information about Diane and her book on the abuse of involuntary guardianships by Googling "Diane Armstrong" >> guardianship or visiting Diane's webpage at A transcript of Diane's 2003 testimony (and others) before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging can be downloaded as

from (This link works for me when I use IE7, but appears broken when I use Firefox. If you need me to, I can send you a copy of this transcript as an e-mail attachement.)

A sickening plethora of similar material exists. See, for example, all the material collected by the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse which is linked to Scroll down along the right edge of this webpage to near its bottom to find materials specific to your state.

Witnesses testified about enforcement of the Senior Financial Empowerment Act of 2009. They addressed issues pertaining to mail, telemarketing and Internet fraud targeting seniors.

I hope you find this material helpful.

Tom Fields

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Note From The Editor Re:Oil Spill

I been asked to remove the post regarding the Oil Spill as to NOT add to the hysteria and alarm people, however if the conditions in the Gulf continue to worsen or news if victims of poisoning due to Benzene or other toxic substances the post will go back up with the additional information:

Anyone that wants a reprint of the article and links please write to me: or go here>>


Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Protection Racket – You Can Steal More With a Pen Than a Gun!

(I-Newswire) June 13, 2010 - Picture this - a knock on the door - the police are there to remove you; and you don't know why; you're not a criminal!By the time you find out why, you are no longer in control of your life, liberty or property; you can’t even hire a lawyer without money.

Not until after your assets are seized and secured by an unlawful court order which you knew nothing about, do you get notice telling you to come to court for a hearing.That’s what happened to NASGA member musician/songwriter Danny Tate in 2007 when the nightmare scenario described above came true when he found himself in the longest “temporary” conservatorship we’ve ever heard of, with no way out.

After an almost three-year battle, he was recently freed. Why? Because the money ran out and the lawyers will not work for free!So much for constitutional due process, civil rights, human rights, life, liberty and happiness! What happened to NASGA member Danny Tate can happen to anyone!

On this day of World Elder Abuse Awareness, NASGA presents the case of Danny Tate – an able-bodied man in his early 50’s, capable of speaking up and fighting back – who was, however, driven to the brink of bankruptcy by his court-appointed “protectors.” Many of the elderly don’t have Tate’s strength, voice, nor his connections in the music world – imagine how many are abused, their estates plundered, while they are forced to suffer in silence.

The protection program as presently operated across the states has now become "THE PROTECTION RACKET"! That's why NASGA asked Congress to intervene (even before we learned about Danny's story) in our "An Open Letter to Congress and the White House," available online.

Guardianships Numbers Is The Best Kept Secret In America

How many guardianships are there in the United States? To date, we do not have an accurate assessment of the number of open adult guardianship and conservatorship cases.


Epidemic Spreads to Trouble Teens Who Are Further Victimized

You might be interested to know that there is an epidemic of emotional, physical and even sexual abuse at "therapeutic" boarding schools for "troubled teens" (See this website: -- and search for either "Mount Bachelor Academy" which was closed last November or "SageWalk" wilderness program which was closed last September after a healthy 16 yr old died on a hike.) Both facilities are owned by CRC Health's Aspen Educational Group which owns many others. There are MANY such problem schools owned by other companies. This is an epidemic as these schools have multiplied 5 fold in the last 15 years. The monthly cost of sending your child to one of these is between $4,500 - $7,000 per MONTH! Same motive as those who seek guardianship over the elderly -- money!

It is also interesting to note that many of these facilities insist that parents placing their problem teens sign over CUSTODY of their child to the program, and some programs remove the kids to overseas locations! The parents can do nothing to stop it. We KNOW how they feel!

5th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The June 2010 issue of the NCEA E-News is now online! To read the new issue, go to:

Here are some of the highlights:

Around the globe, plans to commemorate the 5th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day are underway. NCEA is involved in a number of initiatives to raise awareness and to support community efforts as well.

National initiatives to observe World Day 2010, including the first federal commemoration sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice.

Beginning on June 15 at 8:30pm ET (World Elder Abuse Awareness Day), Link TV will broadcast An Age for Justice, the film created for the Elder Justice Now campaign with footage provided by local video advocates across the U.S. WITNESS and NCOA have recently launched a national screening initiative to widely distribute the film and 11 individual videos as a tool for raising awareness about the silent issue of elder abuse (

Link TV is an independent non-commercial network devoted to global issues, available in 32 million U.S. homes receiving satellite television on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410. Select programs are shown on more than 170 local cable systems, on many college campus channels and streamed worldwide on the Internet. For more information, visit

Learn more about the broadcast on this Link TV page:

Marci Phillips Kelly Matheson

NCOA Director of Public Policy and Advocacy WITNESS Program Manager for the Americas

Marci Phillips, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy,National Council on Aging

1901 L Street NW, 4th Floor. Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 479-6658

Fax: (202) 479-0735



From coast to coast, from classic car shows to conferences, communities are mounting creative and diverse events to raise public awareness and enhance the professional response to elder abuse. In this issue, representatives from twenty states and two countries share news of activities planned in their regions.

"Senior Crime Busters" is an initiative in Westchester County, NY, that is marking its second anniversary.

The elder abuse prevention and response bid farewell to advocate, practitioner, and researcher, Dr. Pat Stanis.

Online resources...Funding opportunities...Calendar of Events....and More!