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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Guardianship Attorney Indicted for Bilking $800,000 from Incapacitated Wards

Guardianship Attorney Indicted for Bilking $800,000 from Incapacitated Wards
Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office  -  November 1, 2011

FREEHOLD, NJ - A guardianship attorney and her former paralegal were indicted today on charges of theft and failing to make required disposition of more than $800,000, Prosecutor Peter E. Warshaw, Jr. announced. The charges stem from a three-year investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office into the guardianship practice of attorney Lynn Kenneally, 50, of Wall.  The investigation revealed that Kenneally routinely received guardianship appointments in Monmouth and Ocean Counties for individuals (“wards”) whose interests Kenneally was supposed to faithfully represented, such as senior citizens deemed by judges ofthe Superior Court to lack the necessary mental faculties to manage their own affairs.  In her capacity as a court-appointed guardian, Kenneally’s primary responsibility was the honest and faithful management of her wards’ finances.  However, a forensic examination of Kenneally’s law practice revealed that, from October 2000 through December 2006, more than $800,000 of proceeds belonging to Kenneally’s wards was diverted into or through the personal bank accounts of Tara Howie, 40, of Brick, a former paralegal of Kenneally’s guardianship practice. The investigation further revealed that Howie used approximately $500,000 of this money to pay for college tuition, mortgage payments, car payments and various other personal expenditures; and that Kenneally repeatedly overpaid bills on behalf of her wards, causing the issuance of refund checks that were ultimately diverted. To further conceal the theft scheme, mandatory accountings filed by Kenneally failed to disclose the existence of checks that were ultimately deposited into Howie’s personal accounts. If convicted, Kenneally and Howie face a maximum potential custodial sentence of ten years in New Jersey State Prison. The next court proceeding will be the arraignment of the defendants, which will be scheduled within the next several weeks. Kenneally was arrested on October 31, 2011 and was released from the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on that date after posting bail in the amount of $75,000, with no 10% option, which was set by Superior Court Judge Thomas F. Scully, P.J.C. Howie was previously arrested in connection with these charges in September 2008 andwas released from the Monmouth County Correctional Institution after posting $75,000 bail, set by Superior Court Judge Edward M. Neafsey.  Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of thetrial rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and State law. The case is assigned to Assistant Prosecutors Nicole Colucci and Andrew S. Fried of the Office’s Special Prosecutions Bureau. Defense counsel: James Fagen, Esq., Freehold, for Kenneally.

4 comments:

guardianship victim said...

"Guardianship" is a relatively new profit center for the low life lawyers and Judges. It is a license to steal. You have no rights and they are not bashful about letting you know it and the Judges back them up and they get a piece of the pie.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a bunch of nice folks. Holy crap!
Throw these bastards in jail !!!!

Anonymous said...

This lawyer forgot to pay protection to the right people.

Christinesgzx said...

Sounds like a bunch of nice folks. Holy crap! Throw these bastards in jail !!!!

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