By WMBF News Staff, Published: Jul. 14, 2022 at 4:20 PM CDT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Horry County man is in custody for fraudulently transferring almost half a million dollars to himself from an estate account for which he represented.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) charged Luther Allen Barefoot, 60, of Conway, with two counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent for the value of $10,000 or more.
According to the arrest warrants, Barefoot was appointed as a personal representative for an estate in November 2016. As the estate’s representative, Barefoot opened a checking account for the estate at Anderson Brothers Bank.
Rosario was arrested on Thursday, her children taken, and she is sitting in a jail cell right now facing 10 years in prison and terrified for her children’s safety.[See below for our campaign to help Rosario.]Why would a loving mother be so cruelly arrested and jailed?Because her 6 year-old daughter disclosed sexual abuse—again, as she has done for years. But this time a forensic medical exam corroborated it.On October 6, 2021, Rosario’s daughter disclosed sexual abuse in a forensic interview, and a forensic medical exam found physical evidence consistent with sexual abuse. This new evidence discovered by an MD meant that Tulsa, Oklahoma Family Court Judge Tammy Bruce was going to have a much harder time continuing the cover up. She had been dismissing the sexual abuse since 2019, and physical abuse of all three of Rosario’s children since 2018.The solution Judge Bruce implemented is a tactic commonly used by judges all over the country and world: silence the children by taking them away from their mother completely; then use her contact (or lack thereof) with the children as leverage to silence the mother. Fait accompli SABOTAGEThe sabotage of Rosario’s case was accomplished in record time. Just one week after the medical corroboration of the sexual abuse, Rosario lost custody at a bogus hearing.Judge Bruce could not switch custody to the father, as he was under investigation for sexual abuse by CPS and law enforcement, as well as being under criminal indictment for domestic violence. So she used another well-worn strategy: give temporary custody to a family member or friend of the father, where the children can continue to be silenced, threatened, and pressured into recanting.Instead of switching custody temporarily herself, Judge Bruce colluded with other judges in Probate and DV Court. The Restraining Order cases against the father and his mother were suspiciously disappeared and on October 13th Rosario’s case was transferred to Probate Court, where a guardianship was granted to the father’s mother, without Rosario there.Rosario was expected to hand over her children at a hearing in Probate Court the next week. She had not been given proper notice nor a chance to respond, so she did not show up at the hearing. Despite the obvious procedural improprieties, substantial evidence of the father’s abuse and no evidence Rosario was abusive or unfit, Judge Kurt Glassco issued a bench warrant for Rosario’s arrest for failure to appear with a $10,000 bond (later reduced).That was all in October.On Thursday, Rosario was arrested while in a domestic violence shelter in Arkansas, where she was obtaining medical treatment for her son. She will be arraigned in Arkansas at an extradition hearing tomorrow and will likely extradited back to Oklahoma, where she faces a serious felony “child stealing” charge.*Just one week to a bogus order to remove Rosario’s children from her, two weeks to a bogus bench warrant for her arrest, and less than three months to an arrest on a felony criminal charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison. They are obviously desperate to silence her and her children.PREDICTABLE PATTERNRosario’s case is following a predictable pattern of Family Court judges around the world actively disregarding and covering up abuse by fathers, especially sexual abuse.The Women’s Coalition is documenting these cases so we can support our contention that this is epidemic. If you are a mother whose case involved sexual abuse, please fill out this form and share with other mothers. It only takes a few minutes and you may remain anonymous.Thank you for participating and helping end the crisis!CAMPAIGN TO D.A. & PRESIDING JUDGEPlease help Rosario by contacting the D.A. to ask for a dismissal of the criminal charge and/or for the Presiding Judge to vacate the guardianship and appoint a new judge.Together We Will Stop Them from Taking & Endangering Our Children!EMAIL [Write your own or use example given.]email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgDear D.A. Kunzweiler and Presiding Judge Drummond,I am with The Women’s Coalition and we are requesting the dismissal of the child stealing charge against Rosario Chico and for a new judge to be appointed who will vacate the bogus guardianship, return custody to Rosario, and protect the children.Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.PHONED.A. Steve Kunzweiler918-596-4805 [voicemail available after hours]Example: I’m with The Women’s Coalition and we are requesting you dismiss the unjust child stealing charge against Rosario. Thank youPresiding Judge Doug Drummond918-596-5000 [voicemail not available after hours]Example: I’m with The Women’s Coalition and we are requesting you appoint a new judge who will return custody to Rosario where it belongs and protect the children. Thank youLeave a commentWomen’s Coalition News & Views is a reader-supported publication. 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“Don’t Murder Me”, reads a hand written note excerpted from the journal of David Italiano who is being forced to live in a geriatric facility while wearing a humiliating ankle monitor.
Shortly after this was received David was ‘disappeared’ and his legal guardian forbid him to have any contact with the outside world. He was disappeared precisely when his chosen advocates at Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living (RTFCI) were making headway to support his expressed wish, to transition back to his own home.
Many individuals throughout the world, like David, are being forced to live in unsafe and restrictive congregate facilities: jails, prisons, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, group homes, All are unable to celebrate the holidays in the safety and privacy of their homes.
Many of these individuals are under abusive guardianships or conservatorships.. Under a guardianship, all medical treatment decisions, the decision about who to visit or call, all financial decisions, and legal decisions, even the right to retain an attorney to contest the guardianship itself can be taken away. Individuals under guardianship like David can be shut away in an institution, while their assets, including their home can be legally sold off and pocketed by a stranger.
MindFreedom International is teaming up with RTFCIL to find and free David because he wants to go home and his guardian is preventing him from having any contact with his chosen advocates. Staff at the nursing home went so far as to rip David’s cell phone from his hands when he tried to call his advocates for indepdent living, RTFCIL..
MindFreedom launched a Shield campaign to find and free David Italiano in October, 2021 in conjunction with RTFCIL. You can read the original Shield alert HERE.
To date, our Shield campaign for David has not resulted in the outcome we desire.
That is where you come in. We are about to turn up the heat and we need your help.
Please sign the following petition to help us find and free David today!
Our rights are not guaranteed. We must mobilize and unite to enforce our rights, one person at a time.
It has been a whole year since we knew the whereabouts of David in order to communicate with him and establish his well being. It has been three months since we launched a Shield campaign for David. This petition is important because David’s situation is urgent.
Many of you will receive multiple requests to sign petitions this year for a variety of worthy causes. Very few of them involve abusive guardianships, however. Please treat this petition as if your very life depended on it. What is happening to David can happen to anyone of us.
The motto of MFI’s Shield is ‘One for all and all for one!”
Please take the time not only to sign the petition but also to publicly share why you are signing on change.org or on our website HERE by scrolling down to the comments below. Take another five minutes to read the petition carefully on change.org and view the options for sharing on the change.org platform.
You can bypass requests to make a donation to Change.org. No donation is required to ensure that your signature is counted. The organizers at Change.org state that by reaching a milestone of 100 signatures, our petition’s visibility will increase. We can easily reach 100 signatures by day’s end (December 31, 2021)
To reach 1,000 or more signatures, the minimum amount needed to get the attention of elected officials and the media requires that at least half of you signers also be willing to go the extra mile and share this petition with your friends. Will you be in that half to go the extra mile?
To optimize our chances of having our petition go viral, a significant number of you will not only have to share or email this petition to as many of your friends as possible, but do so in a thoughtful and meaningful way by describing, in your own words, why this petition is important to you and why it is important for your friends and colleagues to share. It takes time to convince friends. Some of you may require technical assistance to share effectively using a PC or other device. I hope you will take the time for a person’s life, for David Italiano.
Some of you have blogs and websites. Some of you manage newsletters and large lists. Some of you belong to groups and book clubs, gyms, and places of worship. Please do whatever is within your power to share this as widely as possible.
You can post a link to the petition on your Facebook page or instragram account. You can do it directly from the Change.org platform or simply cut and paste the link to the petition HERE/ We are posting specially sized graphics for social media that you can use on our website HERE.
You can also plop the link to the petition HERE on your Facebook ‘status update’
We have asked some of our members who were active in ‘Free Britney’ to circulate this to Free Britney activists. Perhaps, with your help, Britney Spears may view/share this Petition herself!
Our physical address is: MindFreedom International 454 Willamette, Suite 216 Eugene, OR 97401-2643 United States Our mailing address is: MindFreedom International P.O. Box 11284 Eugene, OR 97440 United States
“Join us this evening as Marti & Coz review the recent Summit. Intentional Interference, distorted sound and other production issues….But we made it!! The response was huge in spite of the interference. Of course Coz will deliver the “Hog Report”. This has become the most popular segment of our shows! We can all identify with the Glory Hogs! If it wasn’t for them…..yes. Of Course. If it wasn’t for them we would most likely have made better headway with these issues of guardianship/conservatorship. We will also take a look at the recent bills that have surfaced since the Britany Spears case. More useless, fluff and buff bills to make you think they are actually trying to put an end to this system of human trafficking for profit.Lots to talk about! Please join us and call in if you have a question or comment. 917-388-4520 and hit #1 to flag us and let us know you would like to speak.”https://www.blogtalkradio.com/…/ts-radio-network-summit…
Britney Spears Finally Has Her Own Attorney. Petition For Removal Of Her Father As Conservator Filed.
At age 39, after 13 years of an abusive, exploitative Conservatorship, Britney Spears finally has her own attorney. Matthew Rosengart said in documents filed in Los Angeles Superior court on Monday that the current legal arrangement “has grown increasingly toxic and is simply no longer tenable.” Here is the filing:
On July 28, from 6:00-8:00 ET, we will be presenting our 7th free monthly ‘Judi’s Room’ in the spirit of Judi Chamberlin who dedicated her life to organizing for human rights. This is a virtual event. Pre-registration is required HERE.
Judi’s Room is a partnership of MindFreedom International and I Love You Lead On.
Why are we discussing the following topic?
Conservatorship/Guardianship: Protecting Vulnerable Individuals or Exploitation?
Brittany Spears leaked public testimony HERE on how she continues to be mistreated has brought much needed attention to the abuses rampant in the guardian and conservator system. She has been stripped of her rights by a complex conservatorship which treats her as a money-making object and denies her personhood. People with disabilities, as well as the elderly are too easily taken advantage of under the false principle that it is “for their own good.” Anyone can be vulnerable. The presenters will describe the control that guardians have and will engage in dialogue with attendees on what can be done to change a system that exploits those who are vulnerable.
As with all previous Judi’s Room meetings, a panel of experts will share their perspectives, followed by a facilitated discussion.
Jim Gottstein is the author of The Zyprexa Papers and founder of PsychRights whose mission is to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock. Susan Fitzmaurice is a lifelong disability advocate and disabled with multiple disabilities. She has parented two young disabled people and made very different choices about guardianship resulting with very different consequences. She has a long history using the internet to provide disability support. Her first sexuality and disability website is over 25 years old. She created the first web-based resources for people with disabilities after the Katrina hurricane. She currently is devoted to the ILove You, Lead On Community – a space where disability and all its intersections are celebrated. Dohn Hoyle is the Public Policy Director of The Arc of Michigan and long-time advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. Dohn helped to rewrite the Michigan Mental Health Code to include person-centered planning and to eliminate the term mental retardation; was instrumental in the closure of specialized nursing homes for children and people with developmental disabilities, and the Regional Centers for People with Developmental Disabilities in his state. Dohn convenes the Howell Group, an organization of people across Michigan who intend to see that people with disabilities have the opportunity to experience what we know is right and they desire, and Advocates Concerned with Integrated Care, a group of disability organizations representing the concerns of persons who are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare and receive supports. Miranda Spencer is a staff editor at the webzine Mad in America. A longtime journalist and media critic, specializing in health, science, and social justice, her work is informed by her lived experience in the mental health system.
Pre-registration is required. To register click HERE
An Albuquerque married couple who pleaded guilty in 2019 but then failed to appear for sentencing in an $11 million fraud case involving a firm that provided guardianship and other services to people with special needs now face years in prison.By Associated Press|July 16, 2021, at 12:55 p.m.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque married couple who pleaded guilty in 2019 but then failed to appear for sentencing in an $11 million fraud case involving a firm that provided guardianship and other services to people with special needs now face years in prison.
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Susan K. Harris to 47 years in prison and William S. Harris to 15 years and also ordered them to pay restitution to victims.
Susan Harris, 74, was president of Ayudando Guardians Inc. and William Harris, 60, worked as a guardian.
U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez said the couple’s criminal conduct left many former clients destitute and homeless.
Susan Harris pleaded guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. William Harris pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit money laundering.
This is so typical. Like corrupt Child Rep Natalie Koga and others in my corrupt family law case in Chicago, they latch onto their victims, harvesting as much as they can, only letting go once the publicity gets too great.
But only when caught by the public at large, not the governing bodies that look the other way – they scurry into a dark corner like all parasites, then find a new host to latch onto. Like Koga resigning her law license only to scurry down to Arizona to get her hooks into a county Social Worker/Guardian job for a publicly funded pension and exploit others on the quiet. They should all be indicted, not left to scurry along to find new victims!