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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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.
Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. From Other People’s Money, Chapter V, by Louis Brandeis
“Brandeis made his famous statement that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants” in a 1913 Harper’s Weekly article, entitled “What Publicity Can Do.” But it was an image that had been in his mind for decades. Twenty years earlier, in a letter to his fiance, Brandeis had expressed an interest in writing a “a sort of companion piece” to his influential article on “The Right to Privacy,” but this time he would focus on “The Duty of Publicity.” He had been thinking, he wrote, “about the wickedness of people shielding wrongdoers & passing them off (or at least allowing them to pass themselves off) as honest men.” He then proposed a remedy: If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions, it would purify them as the sun disinfects.” Sunlight Foundation Intern, Andrew Berger. The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization that advocates for open government. https://sunlightfoundation.com/2009/05/26/brandeis-and-the-history-of-transparency/
We certainly could use some sunlight, transparency and disinfectant in our nation’s court system! So much of our court corruption could be addressed if there were uniform laws requiring cameras in the courtrooms, allowing litigants to use videotaped transcripts. This would eliminate the extortion of litigants by forcing them to spend tens of thousands of dollars on stenographers. Allowing litigants the use of independent video would eliminate the common practice of corrupt courts altering transcripts. We need cameras! We need sunlight and disinfectant in our courts!
I shouldn’t be forced to publish the legal rights of a Trust Beneficiary on the internet because of an ex-husband’s interference in Son receiving copy of the Trust. But here it is. It’s a crime to interfere with a Trust Beneficiary’s legal rights.
Trust Beneficiaries have the right to the document itself! And they have all the other rights listed blow. (At the bottom, there is a link to the new Illinois Trust code.)
Payment. Current beneficiaries have the right to distributions as set forth in the trust document.
Right to information. Current and remainder beneficiaries have the right to be provided enough information about the trust and its administration to know how to enforce their rights.
Right to an accounting. Current beneficiaries are entitled to an accounting. An accounting is a detailed report of all income, expenses, and distributions from the trust. Usually trustees are required to provide an accounting annually, but that may vary, depending on the terms of the trust. Beneficiaries may also be able to waive the accounting.
Remove the trustee. Current and remainder beneficiaries have the right to petition the court for the removal of the trustee if they believe the trustee isn’t acting in their best interest. Trustees have an obligation to balance the needs of the current beneficiary with the needs of the remainder beneficiaries, which can be difficult to manage.
End the trust. In some circumstances, if all the current and remainder beneficiaries agree, they can petition the court to end the trust. State laws vary on when this is allowed. Usually, the purpose of the trust must have been fulfilled or be impossible.
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!
To be absolutely clear, the terms of my Father’s Trust are that neither myself or my ex-husband can touch my Son’s money that was left to him by my Father. Neither I, or my ex-husband are allowed to be involved in the distribution of my Son’s money. His money is to be administered by the bank trustee ONLY, Citizens State Bank of Lena, Illinois, Trust Department.
I have reason for concern that my ex-husband may have tried to interfere with my Son’s communication with the bank trustee, because of how enraged he became when I mailed my Son a copy of my Dad’s Trust with a letter trying to give my Son the money I’ve set aside for him.
He has a well-documented history of intercepting & aggressively interfering w/ communications to my Son from family members and friends, and issuing threats.
He has also caused property damage to people trying to communicate with my Son.
My ex-husband should just get a life already. Or go back to where he came from before all his felony fraud finally catches up with him.
?WHY? would my ex-husband care if I sent my Son a copy of the Trust that he isa legal beneficiary of? It is his legal right to have this document, AND an accounting of the Trust from the Trust Department. My ex-husband should WANT our Son to have a copy of this document, a full accounting of the Trust, and to communicate with the bank Trusteeregarding his own money.
We are concerned for my Son’s well-being, his financial freedom, and his personal freedom in general. My Son can call me any time, night or day, I don’t care if it’s 2am and he needs me, I will drop whatever I’m doing, I don’t care if I’m sleeping – he can call me at 815-242-2387, Google Voice. My Son can write me at P.O. Box 143, Galena, IL 61036, or he can call me and I will have a car sent to pick him up immediately no matter where he is. My Son is not alone. He is loved and he is important for himself, not because he’s someone’s cash cow.
And if my ex-husband and his friends want to try stalking & threatening me again, I’ll just publish all his sick, disgusting crap for the world to see like I did the last time. After all, bullies are such cowards and sunlight really is the best disinfectant.
We are also concerned because of my ex-husband’s well documented history of felony fraud: